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Magnolia residents honor fallen firefighters

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They stood together braving the cold for two men who braved the flames and gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"They lost their lives for us," Patricia Rollins, a former tenant of the Magnolia St. apartment, said.

"We just felt we needed to show some recognition and let them know how much we appreciate what they did for us that day," Tracy Bishop, a former tenant said.

Firefighters Steve Machcinski and Jamie Dickman were called to the fire one month ago.

They died in the line of duty.

The owner of the building, Ray Abou-Arab has been charged in connection to the fire, two counts of aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated murder.

It's a day no one will ever forget.

"We're still struggling, it's hard," Rollins said.

Coming to grips with Steve and Jamie's deaths hasn't been easy.

"I feel so bad about their brothers that lost their lives for a selfless act," Bishop told 13abc.

But they find comfort with each other and doing things for the Toledo Fire Department.

These are signs filled with words of sympathy and support to show TFD their eternal gratitude.

"I would shake their hand and let them know that I appreciate them more than ever," Bishop said.

Getting back on their feet isn't easy.  Both Rollins and Bishop still don't have a permanent home. 

But Wednesday was for the fallen firefighters, to say thank you and rest in peace.

Donations for the tenants can be made at any Charter One Bank under Patricia Rollins.

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