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Mass says final farewell to fallen firefighters

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The Historic Church of Saint Patrick held a special mass Sunday morning to honor Private James Dickman and Private Stephen Machinski, one week after they lost their lives in a fire.

Family, friends and first responders from all across the area were there to pay respects.

Sylvania Township Deputy Fire Chief Mike Ramm said, "There is no way I was going to miss this. It's that brotherhood. We all lost, Toledo fire lost, but it was our whole profession that lost a couple of great guys."

After a week of grieving, many felt that the service brought a sense of peace.

Inside the church two shamrocks engraved with the names of the fallen firemen were displayed.

Toledo Firefighter Kyle Wiley said, "It's been a roller coaster, absolutely. But being around everybody and having everyone be there for each other...guys coming from all over the United States to pay respects...it's been great."

Erie Township Fire Chief Patrick Zaleski said, "This is closure being the last ceremony. Tomorrow starts a new day and everybody goes back. But these gentlemen will always be in our hearts."

The Historic Church of Saint Patrick has been the unofficial firefighters parish since 1980, when firefighters saved the church from burning down after lightning struck the steeple and started a fire.

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