Downtown parking garages are preparing for thousands of people to arrive for Thursday evening's Last Alarm Memorial Service to honor two Toledo firefighters who died on Sunday while battling an apartment fire.
One parking garage is planning to give back.
The last time the Summit Street Parking Garage was full was the 4th of July. Unlike then, this time they don't want to make a profit. Thursday night they'll be collecting donations and all proceeds will go toward Toledo firefighters and their families.
"It's heartbreaking that their families and the city has to go through that," says Larry Nearhood, the property manager for Summit Street Parking and the adjacent Riverfront Apartments.
Nearhood says the parking garage will be asking drivers to make a donation in order to park during the Last Alarm Memorial Service paying tribute to Toledo's two fallen firefighters. They are two men on Ladder Three who have responded to calls at Riverfront Apartments in the past.
"Here at Riverfront we have fire alarms go off and they're here in seconds before I can even say it's a false alarm," says Nearhood.
Nearhood says all proceeds from the garage on Thursday night will be donated to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation.
"It's donation based," says Nearhood. "We're going to open it up at five. We're suggesting five dollars a car. And we've got 512 spaces to fill. We'd love to see everybody give five dollars and fill them up and be able to give a whole bunch to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation."
The Toledo Police Department announced that Thursday evening Monroe Street will be closed outside the Seagate Convention Centre from Summit to Michigan for the parking of fire department trucks. Erie Street will remain open at Monroe for through traffic. Parking at the Seagate garage will be for family and dignitaries only.
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