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firefighter Stephen Machcinski was a 1989 graduate of Whitmer High School. At Friday night's
basketball game, he was honored, as well as James Dickman.
At every future
athletic event played at Whitmer's field house, a flag will be unfurled from a
box with Machcinski's name, rank, year of graduation, badge number and the
words "Hero Remembered."
The idea for the
flag was embraced by district leadership after Machcinski died battling a north
Toledo apartment building fire with fellow firefighter Dickman.
core values in the district, and firefighters live up to those by putting themself
before others," said Superintendent Patrick Hickey. "The little bit we can do
here is let the community know how we feel about him."
The ceremony was
called 'Heroes Remembered - Firefighters Honored." Several Toledo
firefighters attended. They're
still dealing with the loss of two brothers.
just something you can flip on and off with a switch," said Acting Deputy Chief
Rick Syroka. "It's something that takes these types of moments when we can
gather, celebrate Stephen and Jamie's life and, at the same time, the rest of ours."
parents were at the ceremony, but preferred to stay out of the limelight.
Instead of a
moment of silence, there was a moment of celebration for the lives of the two