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Memorial service for fallen firefighters at SeaGate Centre Thursday

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Arrangements for two Toledo firefighters who died in the line of duty have been released.

The Lucas County Coroner's Office says the cause of death for both firefighters is thermal burns and exposure to carbon monoxide. Routine toxicology studies are still pending.

The Historic Church of St. Patrick in Toledo held a special memorial mass Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and will hold another Sunday at 10 a.m.

A shared Last Alarm Service honoring Private Stephen Machcinski and Private James Dickman will be held Thursday at the SeaGate Centre at 7 p.m. Only 5,000 people will be allowed in, so the Huntington Center will be made available for overflow seating during the memorial. Anyone that shows up who cannot get into SeaGate will be directed to Huntington, where the ceremony will be broadcast on monitors.

WTOL and Fox Toledo will carry the service live on air from 7 p.m. until its conclusion. It will also be streamed online.

Monroe Street and Jefferson Avenue are shut down from North Michigan Street to North Summit Street to allow fire trucks to park on the street.

To show support for the TFD, the Eyde Company of Lansing Michigan has announced they will donate all proceeds from the Summit Street Parking garage at 215 North Summit Thursday night to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation. Parking there will open at 5 p.m., just across the street from the SeaGate Centre.

Six local hotels are offering bereavement rates for those coming to Toledo for the memorial service. Downtown restaurants have also been notified to be prepared for an influx of visitors to the city over the next few days.

A community viewing for James Dickman was held Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cedar Creek Church located at 29129 Lime City Road in Perrysburg. Family, friends and fellow firefighters remembered Dickman as images of him and his family scrolled across screens inside the church.

"It's very somber but very supportive. The outpouring from the community and all of the surrounding communities and really all across the country. It's been just phenomenal.  It's just a very supportive, real good feeling at a very bad time," said retired Toledo Fire Captain Norm Mielke.  

A procession for Dickman will leave the Walker Family Funeral Home on West Sylvania Avenue at 7:30 a.m. Friday and proceed to The Chapel on Galloway Road in Sandusky.  Any off duty firefighters or civilians wishing to take part in the procession are asked to stage in the Franklin Park Mall's Sylvania Avenue parking lot. Those cars will be allowed to join the procession after the last fire engine passes.

There will be additional visitation for Dickman from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at The Chapel located at 4444 Galloway Road in Sandusky, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky. Arrangements are under the direction of the Walker Family Funeral Home.

Machcinski's visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, located at 5155 West Sylvania Avenue. His funeral service will take place Saturday at 10 a.m.

Any off duty firefighters or civilians wishing to take part in the procession for Machcinski are asked to stage in the Franklin Park Mall's Sylvania Avenue parking lot after Saturday's service. Those cars will be allowed to join the procession after the last fire engine passes. The procession will travel to the Erie Street Market in downtown Toledo, where a private lunch will be held.

Stay with Toledo News Now for continued team coverage starting live on WTOL 11 News at 5.


Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago says donations can be made to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation at any Toledo Police or Toledo Fire Credit Union location.

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