‘Last Alarm’ rings for fallen heroes

Thousands pack SeaGate Centre to pay their final respects

The Toledo Blade

There was one rookie who impressed veteran firefighter Stephen Machcinski.

The new guy on Engine 3 seemed all right — he had experience, an infectious and larger-than-life personality.

James Dickman appeared to be an all-around good guy and good firefighter.

“That was something Steve rarely did, talk about new guys,” Pvt. Jim Swartz said during a Thursday-night Last Alarm funeral service.

More than 5,000 people packed the downtown Toledo SeaGate Convention Centre for the two-hour ceremony, attended by hundreds of firefighters from across the country and Canada. Family, friends, and total strangers gathered to say what some might consider to be a long-overdue “Thank you.”

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