TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo Fire and Rescue rededicated its oldest active station Monday after a major renovation.
Station 3 is located at the intersection of Erie and Bush Streets in central Toledo and was built in 1927. The city originally planned to move the station closer to Jamie Farr Park. Those who live near the station lobbied city leaders to keep it open, and that is exactly what happened.
"I'm sure that these people in this neighborhood are so grateful that this is so close for their needs and wants," said Jim Intagliata, who lives in the area.
Cracks in the floor shut the station down in 2013.
"The blend that took place between the old and the new is just amazing," said Toledo Fire Chief Louis Santiago.
Rather than cut a ribbon to rededicate the station, TFD used the Jaws of Life to cut a red pole.
Station 3 would have been home to fallen Toledo firefighters Steven Machinski and Jamie Dickman. Machinski and Dickman were killed fighting a fire on Magnolia Street in January. That fire was later ruled arson, and the building's owner is facing charges.
"It's a day of mixed emotions, but we're trying real hard to make it a good, positive, happy day. Having the families here of Steve and Jamie, I mean, that's what really helps. I mean, they're the ones keeping us on task," said Santiago.
Construction workers pooled their own money together and purchased this a large plaque with photos of Dickman and Machinski. The plaque is inscribed "We Remember – Last Alarm January 26, 2014 while operating at 528 Magnolia Street" along with each man's name and appointment date.
"We had no idea it would be like that. We just wanted to sneak a rock on the wall and this, it's just, it's incredible, it's awesome," said contractor Mark Pitchford.
TFD crews will not move into the building for a few more weeks because the building is not quite complete.
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