Fence goes up around arson scene, TFD works on healing

The scene on the day of the fire.
The scene on the day of the fire.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo Police have pulled their officers from standing guard over what's left of the apartment building on Magnolia Street where firefighters James Dickman and Stephen Machcinski died.

A metal fence went up around the charred building Friday to keep the scene secure. And although the police have pulled their detail, the memories are still alive and the road to healing is just beginning.

"I know that 528 Magnolia will live in all of our memories," said Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, of Toledo Fire and Rescue.

On Friday, members of Engine 3 visited the scene where they lost two of their brothers.

"As we drive past that building, as we look at that building and we remember what happened there, it absolutely is a part of us now," Hertzfeld said. "It's a part of our healing process."

Support has come to the TFD from all across the nation. They recently received a 'happy box' from Prescott, AZ dispatchers, who lost 19 firefighters in a wildfire last year.

"They understand what it's like to be on the other end of that radio, understand what it's like to hear that mayday call," said Hertzfeld.

The happy box was filled with kind notes, candy and other treats to bring smiles to the faces of the department.

"To see that comes as a gift for them, I think it meant a lot to them. It did what it was intended to do. It was a happy box and it brought a smile to their faces."

With the support of communities near and far, TFD has every intention of remaining Toledo Strong.

TFD dispatchers plan to refill the happy box and send it along to another department when they have a tragedy.

The Toledo community is still rallying around TFD, raising money and showing them support. See our Fallen Heroes section for all the details.

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