Fallen Toledo firefighters honored for EMT work at UTMC

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The community once again is wrapping their arms around the Toledo Fire Department and the families of fallen firefighters Steve Machcinski and Jamie Dickman. Wednesday April 30 they were honored not for just being firefighters but for also being EMTs.

UTMC is just one of the hospitals that Toledo Fire transports patients to. Many people may not know that Toledo firefighters also provide emergency medical services for the city of Toledo. Wednesday a truly moving service at UTMC honored Machcinski and Dickman for the countless lives they saved.

It's a wall of heroes. Those who selflessly helped others while putting themselves in harm's way. They're remembered on the Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor inside UTMC's emergency room.

"We see them as part of us so that is why we found the entirely fitting event like this to take place at UT," said Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, President, University of Toledo.

The families of Machcinski and Dickman accepted a plaque, a small remembrance of what will be hung for all to see on the Wall of Honor.

"I think remembering people who sacrificed much is what makes us human. I think it's exactly what we need to do," said Dr. Jacobs.

Several firefighters and emergency room staff came together in a ceremony that was truly emotional.

"The support continues today we still hear about it and that means a great deal to us that Steve and Jamie's memories are kept alive," said Lieutenant Matt Hertzfeld, Toledo Fire Department.

The normal ceremony for the Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor is usually held in July, but staff at UTMC decided a special ceremony was necessary this year for the two fallen firefighters.

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