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Badges of Honor 5k a tribute to fallen firefighters

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They came from all over the country to run together in honor of Toledo's fallen firefighters, Steve Machcinski and Jamie Dickman, as part of the very first Badges of Honor 5k run.

Money raised will go into a scholarship fund for those wanting to take part in the state fire school at BGSU.

The program offers hands-on training to help firefighters expand their knowledge and expertise in the field, something Dickman did often.

"Jamie took our class last year while he was a member of Perkins Township," Tom Lakamp, District Chief, Cincinnati Fire said. "He was just an incredible fireman and a great guy."

"He was always a big advocate for training," Kerry Gonzalez, Assistant Director of the State Fire School, said.

Many runners kept Steve and Jamie's memories close the entire three plus miles.

Several firefighters, like Lt. Paul Hasenmeier ran in full gear as a tribute to their fallen brothers.

"It's a good cause to remember them and talk about them," Lt. Hasenmeier said.

Lakamp taught Dickman during fire school last year.

Wednesday, he ran in his memory.

"A lot of thoughts are going through you head when you're running," Lakamp told 13abc.  "You wish Jamie was running with you."

But even though they're gone, it's clear Steve and Jamie will never be forgotten.

"I just hope that the scholarship recipients get to learn a little bit about Jamie and Steve and learn their love for the fire service and their love for the brotherhood," he said.
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