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TFD confirms 2 firefighters killed in line of duty

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Toledo Fire Department has confirmed two firefighters were killed while fighting a fire at a convenience store Sunday afternoon.

The fallen firefighters have been identified as:

Stephen A. Machcinski, 42, with 16 years of service.
James A. Dickham, 31, with approximately 6 months of service

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen firefighers and their families," said Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago at a press conference Sunday night.

Both men were assigned to Engine 3 and responded to the structure fire shortly after 2:30pm Sunday.

"It was in the course of these efforts that they suffered fatal injuries after what could be described as valiant efforts," Santiago said. "They removed them from the structure to begin life-saving measures. They were transferred to St. Vincent's Medical Center." 

The chief says a formal and detailed investigation will take place involving multiple agencies.

Toledo Mayor Michael Collins paid tribute to the fallen firefighters Sunday night, calling it "a tragic night."  

"They run into harm's way instead of running away from harm's way," he said.

The mayor has asked the community to lower flags Monday at 8:00am to half staff and asked for prayers from community members. 

"Please keep those families, the firefighters and police officers, and the leadership in your prayers," he said. "We're going to be very challenged, and, without your prayers, it would compound our struggles."
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