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"It's been a whirlwind. Just emotions and good days, bad days. Some days are better than others."

Two months ago fire ripped through an apartment building on Magnolia Street. The blaze killed Toledo firefighters James Dickman and Stephen Machinski. Dickman's sister sat down with 13abc for an emotional, one-on-one interview.

Investigators later determined someone intentionally set that deadly fire. Dickman's sister is speaking out for the first time since her brother was killed.

She says she wants to thank everyone for all of their support,

"Taking care of the fire departments as well, taking food to them on the 26th is amazing," says Libby Cheney. "This community is just outstanding."

She says the tragic deaths of her brother Jamie and firefighter Machcinski have created a special bond between the families.

"I've been in contact with Beth, his sister, and we've kind of bonded that way as sisters through this," she says. "It has been amazing."

The family has its good and bad days.

"Some days are better than others," Cheney says. "Other days are hour to hour, minute to minute, but we all have such a good support group behind us, with family and friends and the community and the fire department. Their brothers and sisters have reached out to us tremendously,so we definitely feel their love and support that way." 

"How do you want Jamie's legacy to live on?" asked 13abc's Alexis Means.   

"I guess first off, his great love for God. He was very much a believer, and we want to keep that legacy for him and the love of his family and his fire family as well," Cheney says. "He was a very giving person very outgoing you only had to meet him once and you would never forget him."

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