TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Local restaurants are showing they haven't forgotten the two fallen heroes being honored on the anniversary of their death. Food was donated to feed the men and women at Fire Station 3 on Monday.
Employees at Angelo's Northwood Villa in Erie, MI say it's a no-brainer. They want to give back to the men and women who risk their lives daily.
They donated 15 pounds of fried perch, 10 pounds of chicken marsala, pasta, and vegetables to the fire station where Stephen Machcinski and Jamie Dickman were stationed before they died in the line of duty.
“It's good to know that we're giving back, helping them out, keeping them fed. That way they're not hungry,” said Nikolas Tsipis at Angelo's. “Everybody needs to eat, and on top of that, I think it shows that we really care and we appreciate the hard work that they do for us.”
The meals will be sent to Fire Station 3 for all shifts until Wednesday as an act of gratitude for two men whose lives were cut short.
“It takes a whole community to come together to make a difference and I think we owe that to the firefighters risking their lives,” Tsipis said.
The manager at Angelo's says this won't be the last time they'll donate to the fire department. He says they want to do all they can to support them.
For Lt. Jeff Gluth and other firefighters who know Machcinski and Dickman the anniversary has not been easy. Gluth says the overwhelming support among themselves and from the community has helped make things a little easier.
"We put our lives on the lines for people we don't even know and will never see again, so it's kind of nice to know that we're appreciated and people care about us?," said Gluth.
And a local organization called Feed our Firefighters is trying to provide food for all 18 fire stations in Toledo this week.
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