TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Among the thousands of finishers at the glass city marathon, Brian Hackenburg of the Perkins Township Fire Department had some of the biggest cheers.
Brian ran the race in his full turnout gear.
That's 26.2 miles, in 42 pounds of firefighter equipment.
Brian did it, and finished with a smile.
"It feels great to be over with but it was well worth the cause. You know, I'd do it all over again right now for my brother," said Brian.
Hackenburg was running in memory of Toledo Firefighters Jamie Dickman and Stephen Machinski who died fighting a north Toledo apartment fire in late January.
Hackenburg worked with Dickman for ten years in Perkins Township.
"It was about mile 23 and I thought I was done. I felt a little kick or something and I was able to keep it going and run all the way in," said Brian.
Also running in his gear, was Perkins Township firefighter Matthew Riggle.
He ran the half-marathon, also in memory of the fallen firefighters.
"That's all I could think about the last couple, it really was. So, it was for everyone who was here to support firefighter fitness and really show support for the Toledo firemen," said Matthew.
For Hackenburg the emotions didn't end at the finish line.
He embraced Jamie Dickman's father and mother and also gave them his Glass City Marathon medal.