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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