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Community honors firefighters 1 month after deaths

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One month after a fire claimed the lives of two Toledo firefighters, the community is coming together to remember Jamie Dickman and Steve Machcinski.

The Historic Church of Saint Patrick held a memorial mass Wednesday night.  It was the third mass that has been held at the church to honor the fallen firefighters. In 1980, Toledo firefighters saved the church from destruction after lightning hit its steeple.

Sydney Schmidt didn't know Privates Jamie Dickman or Steven Machcinski, but all firefighters hold a special place in her heart.

"I'm sad that they died.  Firefighters are helpful and kind," she says.

The 11-year-old was born on the side of an expressway in Chicago. Her mom says firefighters came to the rescue when Sydney refused to wait to get to the hospital.

"They were able to save her as well as myself, because she was born so early and unexpected," says Mandy Schmidt.

Inside Saint Patrick's, gear from Station Three, where both Dickman and Machcinski were assigned, have been up on the Saint Florian alter in their honor. Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.

During the communion Wednesday night, the gear was taken down. Firefighters ushered out the helmet, coat and boots. Gone, but never forgotten.

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