5K honors fallen firefighters at BG State Fire School

Stephen Machcinski (left) and Jamie Dickman (right)
Stephen Machcinski (left) and Jamie Dickman (right)

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - Firefighters from around Ohio were in Bowling Green for state fire school training. While many of them were tired from their third day of classes, running in the Badges of Honor 5k was worth it to honor their fallen brothers.

Ask any firefighter, and they'll tell you; their profession is a brotherhood. When one brother falls, they all feel it. The loss of Jamie Dickman and Stephen Machcinski on January 26 was certainly felt by all. Especially by those who teach at the state fire school in Bowling Green.

"Jamie had come to state fire school 5 or 6 different times I think for different classes on campus and many of our instructors remember having him because he was a force. I had never met Stephen, but I heard great things about him because we work with the Toledo firefighters," said State Fire School Assistant Director Kerry Gonzalez.

"Any loss for a firefighter is tragic and when you know them and you spend time with them, it hits you closer to home," said Cincinnati Fire District Chief Tom Lakamp.

Proceeds from the event will create a scholarship for a firefighter to attend future classes in the name of all who have died in the line of duty, including Dickman and Machcinski.

"We're not going to forget them. The brotherhood is strong and we're going to keep going no matter what happens," said Huron firefighter Paul Hasenmeir .

"It's a somber fire school because Jamie's not here, so this is just a way to give back to create that foundation to have a scholarship in his honor. I know he'd be really proud of that," said Lakamp.

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