Toledo Fire Chief: “We’re all hurting” - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Toledo Fire Chief: “We’re all hurting”

Posted: Updated:

More than five thousand people from all across the country are expected to pay tribute to two fallen Toledo firefighters on Thursday evening.

The Last Alarm Memorial Service will be open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seagate Convention Centre.

"It'll be a great help to a lot of us that are feeling the pain," says Chief Luis Santiago. "It'll probably take our mind off some of the things we've been thinking for the last few days. And we'll be embracing and welcoming that support."

Chief Santiago says the families of the heroes who died on Sunday afternoon in the line of duty will be part of the tribute service.

13abc's Christine Long has more on the memorial, as well as new details in the investigation into how the fire started.

 "You're really going to be amazed and overwhelmed on what you're going to see on Thursday," says Chief Santiago as he announced Tuesday how his department is paying tribute through tradition in a public way to two fallen firefighters: 42-year-old Private Stephen Machcinski and 31-year-old Private James Dickman, known by friends as Jamie.

Machcinski was a Whitmer High School graduate who loved the Detroit Tigers.  He also enjoyed fishing and trick-or-treating on Halloween with his niece and nephew.

Dickman played both bass and electric guitar at his church in Sandusky.  He leaves behind a wife, a three-year-old daughter, and a one-month-old son.

 "We are truly expecting folks from literally all over the country and beyond from Canada to attend and help us pay proper respects," says Chief Santiago.

The Lucas County Coroner determined the two men died on Sunday afternoon from thermal burns and exposure to carbon monoxide while battling an apartment fire in North Toledo.

The scene at Magnolia and Huron remains surrounded in crime scene tape, guarded round-the-clock by Toledo police officers.

Investigators with the Toledo Fire Department, ATF, and FBI continue to work to find out what started the fire.

Chief Santiago says it's too early to tell if it could've been arson.

However, he expects the investigation will pick up speed as investigators begin to interview firefighters who were on the scene who may have seen or heard something that could help put the puzzle together.   

"It has been a delicate balance because they're hurting," says Chief Santiago. "We're all hurting."

  • LocalMore>>

  • Angie's List tips for an affordable wedding

    Angie's List tips for an affordable wedding

    Angie's List tips for an affordable wedding

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:10:43 GMT
    The dress, the cake, the flowers, and the invitations…When you add it all up the average wedding costs almost $30,000! In today's Angie's List report, we have how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank. Brian Blume and Jill Zook will walk down the aisle and say 'I do' this November."I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that.
    The dress, the cake, the flowers, and the invitations…When you add it all up the average wedding costs almost $30,000! In today's Angie's List report, we have how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank. Brian Blume and Jill Zook will walk down the aisle and say 'I do' this November."I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that.
  • Invasive carp's DNA found in eastern Ohio river

    Invasive carp's DNA found in eastern Ohio river

    Bighead carp DNA has been discovered in eastern Ohio's Muskingum River, raising concerns the invasive fish might have found a new route to Lake Erie.
    Bighead carp DNA has been discovered in eastern Ohio's Muskingum River, raising concerns the invasive fish might have found a new route to Lake Erie.
  • Search crews come up empty handed after another day on the water

    Search crews come up empty handed after another day on the water

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:46:17 GMT
    The search resumes today for two men who disappeared on Lake Erie. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose were out with two women on Wednesday for a fishing trip. The four were out catching fish on the lake in Carroll Township and were presumably on the way in for night, but never returned. The two women, Amy Santus and Paige Widmer, were found dead in the water nearby the partially capsized boat. According to investigators both women were wearing life jackets and died from drowning. The Ohio Depar...
    The search resumes today for two men who disappeared on Lake Erie. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose were out with two women on Wednesday for a fishing trip. The four were out catching fish on the lake in Carroll Township and were presumably on the way in for night, but never returned. The two women, Amy Santus and Paige Widmer, were found dead in the water nearby the partially capsized boat. According to investigators both women were wearing life jackets and died from drowning. The Ohio Depar...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Search crews come up empty handed after another day on the water

    Search crews come up empty handed after another day on the water

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:46:17 GMT
    The search resumes today for two men who disappeared on Lake Erie. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose were out with two women on Wednesday for a fishing trip. The four were out catching fish on the lake in Carroll Township and were presumably on the way in for night, but never returned. The two women, Amy Santus and Paige Widmer, were found dead in the water nearby the partially capsized boat. According to investigators both women were wearing life jackets and died from drowning. The Ohio Depar...
    The search resumes today for two men who disappeared on Lake Erie. Bryan Huff and Andrew Rose were out with two women on Wednesday for a fishing trip. The four were out catching fish on the lake in Carroll Township and were presumably on the way in for night, but never returned. The two women, Amy Santus and Paige Widmer, were found dead in the water nearby the partially capsized boat. According to investigators both women were wearing life jackets and died from drowning. The Ohio Depar...
  • Sleeping man injured when car crashes into bedroom

    Sleeping man injured when car crashes into bedroom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:12:40 GMT
    A man was injured by a car inside his own bedroom on Saturday afternoon. He was sleeping in the bedroom of his apartment on Brownstone around 5:30 p.m. when a Buick crashed through the wall.
    A man was injured by a car inside his own bedroom on Saturday afternoon. He was sleeping in the bedroom of his apartment on Brownstone around 5:30 p.m. when a Buick crashed through the wall.
  • 419 Day celebrated on social media

    419 Day celebrated on social media

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:14:37 GMT
    Saturday was April 19 or 4-19 and locals thought this was the perfect day to celebrate businesses in the 419 area code in person and on social media.
    Saturday was April 19 or 4-19 and locals thought this was the perfect day to celebrate businesses in the 419 area code in person and on social media.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!