Public memorial planned for two fallen Toledo Firefighters

Public memorial planned for two fallen Toledo Firefighters

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - It has been nearly a year since Toledo lost  Firefighters Jamie Dickman and Steven Machcinski. Monday, January 26 marks the one year anniversary of that fateful day where both men lost their lives battling a fire on Magnolia Street in north Toledo.

Over the past year there have been many memorial services and gatherings remembering the fallen heroes, including a memorial service over the summer where their names were added to a plaque. Now, on the one year anniversary, Toledo Fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld says there will be a public memorial to honor the men. He says it will be the simplest of all the ceremonies.

"I think they can sometimes slow the healing process. It's good for the community and it's good to have that outlet for the community to say thank you and to show their support and we are so appreciative and so humbled by that, but sometimes there's a factor in there that those ceremonies delay the healing," said Hertzfeld.

He says next Monday that fateful day will be marked with simplicity for the families' sake as a planned event for the community and a private memorial for the families are set.

"For the ceremonies themselves we are looking to keep them dignified and simple, and a memorial service and a remembrance to take time out of our busy schedules and to realize it's already been a year and its passed so quickly," said Hertzfeld.

Both men will be remembered at a public memorial Monday, January 26 at 9 a.m. in Toledo City Council Chambers at One Government Center.

Later that day a private service will be held at The Historic Church of St. Patrick and in the evening a community planned candle light vigil at the sight of that fire on Magnolia and North Huron is set to start at 6 p.m.

The man accused of setting the arson fire, Ray Abou Arab, has a court appearance the next morning. The families and many members of the department will be in attendance as they have in the past.

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