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>>

  • Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:20:58 GMT
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...
  • Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:48 GMT
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:44:51 GMT
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
  • Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:20:58 GMT
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!