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Fundraising T-shirts for fallen firefighter's family selling fast

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Downtown businesses are selling memorial T-shirts to raise money for the family of fallen firefighter James Dickman, who died in a fire last Sunday.

(The family of fellow fallen firefighter Stephen Machinski has asked that all donations go to James Dickman's family. He left behind a wife and two small children.)

The Downtown Toledo Pub Club which includes The Blarney Irish Pub, Cock n' Bull, Homeslice, Pizza Papalis, Table Forty 4, Ye Olde Durty Bird and The Bronze Boar is behind the shirt sale. The shirts cost $20 and 100% of the sales go to the Dickman Family Memorial Fund.

Bill Kline, president of the Downtown Toledo Pub Club, says this pay-it-forward attitude is bringing our community closer during this tragedy.

The shirts have been popular, they sold out for the second day in a row on Saturday. Organizers say more are on order.

"We are using made in USA T-shirts and they are very hard to come buy and our supplier through our T-shirt designer is completely out, we tapped him out. We're gonna try to maybe possibly do more walk-in orders. We've got the online going right now, there's just so many orders coming in from across the country."

More shirts are expected to arrive on Tuesday.

Many Toledo Firefighters gathered at the Blarney Irish Pub after Machinski's funeral on Saturday and Kline says they were appreciative. "As far as the feedback from the firefighters, folks in the community, we've heard countless thank you's and it's just a great way for us to give back."

You can order a shirt at www.toledofallenfirefighters.com , but it could take about a week to have that order filled.

 



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