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We Remember Private Stephen A. Machcinski and Private James A. Dickman

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About Our Fallen Heroes

Our community mourns the loss of two brave Toledo firefighters. On January 26, 2014, Private Stephen A. Machcinski and Private James A. Dickman died during structural firefighting operations. Both men were assigned to Engine 3, and suffered serious injuries while responding to a structure fire at 528 Magnolia Street in North Toledo. Rescued from the structure by their comrades, they were transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where they succumbed to their injuries.


Private Stephen A. Machcinski

Private Stephen A. Machcinski, 42, was appointed March 20, 1998, and had served approximately 16 years. Private Machcinski proudly wore Badge Number 80. He was a graduate of Whitmer High School and Owens Community College, where he received his degree in Fire Science.

After graduating from the Toledo Fire & Rescue Academy, Private Machcinski was assigned to Engine 13 in the Birmingham Neighborhood on “C” Platoon. He spent most of his time serving in that neighborhood until he transferred to Engine 3 in North Toledo, still assigned to “C” Platoon.

While stationed at Engine 13, Machcinski was recognized with a plaque on the Toledo Fire & Rescue Tree for his actions rescuing a resident during a fire in 2001.

Private Machcinski lived in the same neighborhood in which he was raised.

He is survived by his parents, Ken and Sharon; brother Rick and his wife Terri; by his sister Beth and her husband Chris Hoye; his niece, Grace and nephew Brandon.


Private James A. Dickman

Private James A. Dickman was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 3, 2013. He was assigned Badge Number 50. Assigned to Engine 3 in North Toledo on “C” Platoon, Private Dickman was scheduled to graduate from the Toledo Fire & Rescue Academy on February 7 of this year. 

Jamie often said that his love was his family, God, music and being a firefighter. Friends recalled that Private Dickman had a lifelong dream of being a firefighter. Jamie not only realized his dream, but also excelled as a firefighter. He had served the Perkins Township Fire Department for 10 years before joining the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department.

Private Dickman is survived by his wife Jamie, whom he married on October 25, 2003; three-year old daughter, Paige, and one-month son, Grant; his parents, Greg and Linda Dickman; sisters, Olivia Cheney and Caitlin Dickman; maternal grandmother, Estle Williams; his wife’s parents, Ray and Dolly Young; his wife’s siblings, Joshua (Trista) and Jason (Kira) Young and Julie (Jon) Torrence; eleven nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


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Members of the community are encouraged to leave messages of support for the families and comrades of Private Machcinski and Private Dickman.

40 Responses to “We Remember”

  1. toledoFire

    In the midst of all that is happening at this time, the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your support, kind words and donations. Your kindness and support means everything to us.
    Please continue to keep Steve & Jaimie’s families in your thoughts.

    We would like to share with you the motto that Jaimie wrote for his Fire Class.

    We fight with courage
    We stand with pride
    We honor those
    Who gave their lives
    ~ Private James A. Dickman, Toledo Fire & Rescue Fire Class of 2013

  2. Mark Justice Vipond

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Shalom .

  3. Jeanne Lynn Ruiz

    May God bring peace and comfort to the families and friends of these outstanding heros…

  4. Vickie

    Prayers to the families who lost their loved ones now and in the past… and those who have been injured in the line of duty also..

  5. Clarence Wilburn Millbury, Oh

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families and the Toledo Fire Division
    Keep your heads held high as God needed 2 more Angels
    RIP Brothers James & Stephen

  6. Lisa

    Thoughts and prayers with you all. RIP brothers.

  7. tlchdnurses

    We offer our deepest sympathies to your Department and to the families and friends of Privates Machcinski and Dickman. May they rest in peace and watch over those who continue to serve our community. On behalf of the public health nurses at the Toledo Lucas County Health Department, represented by the Ohio Nurses Association, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Kevin Tomaszewski

    Western Wayne firefighters local 1279 from Michigan will be there tomorrow by your side like everyone did for us in may.

  9. Mike

    When I am called to duty, God
    whenever flames may rage,
    Give me the strength to save some life
    Whatever be its age.

    Help me to embrace a little child
    Before it’s too late,
    Or some older person
    from the horror of that fate.

    Enable me to be alert
    And hear the weakest shout,
    And quickly and efficiently
    to put the fire out.

    I want to fill my calling
    and give the best in me,
    To guard my neighbor
    And protect his property.

    And if according to Your will
    I have to lose my life,
    Please bless with Your protecting hand
    My children and my wife

  10. Samantha Ziesel

    A Poem written In Your Honor and In Your Memory – Private Stephen A. Machcinski and Private James A. Dickman

    The thanks we give for the lives you saved
    For the air we breathe
    Freedom you gave,
    Pales in insignificance as you paid the ultimate price
    How can we ever repay you
    You gave life for your own lives

    As your last alarm sounded
    And you were whisked away
    In the arms of an angel
    You are surely there to stay

    For souls like yours
    Are hard to find
    There are many good people
    You and yours a special kind

    Even in your departure
    You show us how to care
    Bringing communities together
    In grief that we share

    Your bravery
    Your conviction
    Your focus
    Your love
    We lift our eyes to the heavens
    Knowing you’re now above

    No judgment
    No hesitation
    Your selfless actions
    You didn’t think twice
    Your daily dedication to the living
    Sadly robbed you of your life

    How can we ever repay you
    But to see your sacrifice and honor your name
    For your loved ones our hearts go out to them
    As many try to ease their pain

    Our gratitude for your blessings
    To keep us safe day and night
    A Fireman is a treasured gift of life
    Who takes up the silent fight

    Rest peacefully now angels
    For your life was lived so true
    You protected all Gods people
    We will always remember and forever thank you!

  11. Harley Mavis

    They proudly and selflessly gave their lives to save and protect others.

  12. Steve N Gina Corona-Koepfer

    “Fallen (firefighter)”

    Rest now my fallen brother
    Lay soft your suffering back
    Rest well and forever
    Your memory shall not lack
    Rest your tired hands
    Wipe clean your weary brow
    Rest with St. Florian
    Your spirit now endowed
    Rest here your breaking heart
    We know you gave your all
    Rest easy, you’ve done your part
    You’ve answered your last call
    Rest knowing that in god we sought
    Oh lord, watch over another who just fell
    Rest assured your troubled thought
    As we ring the final bell.

    Author: Unknown

  13. Shelba Wickline

    I just want you to know that Jamie boy was a good man. He married my niece and I had learned to love him so much during the years. They are such sweet kids, they just had the boy a month ago and Paige 3 years ago. It is heartbreaking to know he will never see them grow up. But They will know who there father is, they wont remember him but they will remember him. Tomorrow starts all this stuff, and the family is so very greatful for all the soport, of just not Jamie but the other officer. I will meet there family in the morning. My heart goes out to them as well. Please just know the family appreciates all that you are doing and have done. We love you all. He loved his job, we sat by the tv when I was visiting when he got swore in, he was on cloud 9 and things were going so good for them. Jamie was due with Grant and he had the job he always wanted and worked for 10 years in Sandusky. Thank you Jamie for your service, Aunt Shelba

  14. Shawn Anon

    Rest In Peace Fallen Brothers. My most sincere condolences go out to the families FF Machcinski and FF Dickman as well as their TFD family. I’m sorry for your loss.

  15. Brian Cindi Rospert

    May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His Hand. Amen. Godspeed Warriors.

  16. Melissa Moninger

    Well done my good and faithful servants. May the choirs of angels come to greet you as they lead you to Paradise. May God be with the families and the brotherhood of firefighters during this time. Northwest Ohio stands behind you and we salute you! #toledostrong

  17. Jan

    The fire tone rang…..FIRE!

    Adrenaline, excitement, the love of the challenge

    Sirens wail and it comes into sight,

    Flames and smoke rising into the night.

    All geared up, ready to save, ready to fight.

    Hose in hand – heads straight for the danger.

    They kicked the door in – knew just what to do

    The fire and smoke pouring out-

    They tucked there heads down and dove in.

    They tried so hard to find him-

    But the fire was just too strong-

    We lost them in this round – the fire had won.

    Stephen and James gave there lifes doing what they loved-

    But Stephen and James where too young to die!

    Stephen and James are in peace now-

    Now to save lives they will use wings!

    How to go on without Stephen and James-

    They touched so many lives-

    But we know that only comes in time.

    Smiling down on us – dimples and all!

    Too young to go – we have to let go-

    But we all miss and love Stephen and James so!

    In memory of Stephen and James with love, a Firefigther from Germany.

    Thank you

  18. Danielle Marie Hoffman

    Stephen and James’s families, friends, loved ones, and all of the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department are in my thoughts and prayers. May they rest in peace.

  19. Sr. Mary Ann Culpert, SND

    On behalf of the Notre Dame Academy community, I extend our sincere sympathy to the TFRD and the families of Pvts. Machcinski and Dickman. We thank them for the ultimate sacrifice and each of you for the sacrifices you make each day to protect the citizens of Toledo. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sr. Mary Ann Culpert, SND

  20. Paul Garant

    I have no ambition in this world but
    one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear
    to be a lowly one, but those who know the work which a fireman has to do believe
    his is a noble calling.

    Our proudest moment is to save lives
    under the impulse of such thoughts the nobility of the occupation thrills us and
    stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of human sacrifice.

    Edward F. Croker Chief of the Fire
    Department of New York from 1899 to 1911

  21. Lynn

    As a former Volunteer Firefighter, I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of these two men. I am deeply saddened because of this!

  22. Samantha Ziesel

    Such an incredibly beautiful but sad memorial service… may they rest in peace and may their families find comfort knowing how much their loved ones were ‘cherished, admired and appreciated’…

  23. Molly Niederhelman

    i salute private stephen A machcinski and private james A. DIckman fire engine number 3 may you both rest in piece and never be forgotten for sacrificing your lives everyday in the line of duty. my prayers and thoughts go out to the families, friends and co workers during this difficult tome. god bless

  24. Suremajic

    I am going to share your poem.

  25. Jim Matthews

    Steve and Jamie, You have brought tears and grief to this city, but also a sense of gratefulness, appreciation, hope and pride! There will be no fire at your final resting points, but only eternal happiness, beauty and friends. God will only have two words when you arrive at the gates of Heaven….”Well Done!” Know that this city and your brothers of the TFD and TPD will continue to pray for and watch over your families! Godspeed, God Bless, RIP and We’ll Take It From Here! Jim Matthews

  26. Kris

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families! God Speed men! The rest of you be safe! We thank you for your service!

  27. John J. O'Brien Sr

    Your assignment is complete here. You have completed it with heroic results. May you both rest in peace. Members of Hook & Ladder Company # 1 East Meadow New York

  28. L. Kornos

    God has a special place in heaven for all firefighters. You are true heroes. everyone appreciates you risking your life every day to save lives. prayers are with all of you now and always. Thank you for all you do.

  29. Terri Shutters

    My heart breaks for the friends, family and firefighters. Prayers for everyone; RIP heroes… and may God comfort those left behind.

  30. Kino

    My heart sunk when I saw the news online. As a former resident of Toledo, this really hit home for me. May their souls rest in peace. Private Stephen A. Machcinski and Private James A. Dickman, God has rang your last bells and I hope you smile and shine all the way to heaven. Thank you for your selflessness and sacrifices. And to your families…Thank You

  31. Larry

    our deepest sympathies are extended to both families. I had an uncle who was a fire fighter in Michigan for 29 years. God bless you all.

  32. Tom Kenney

    First Fire

    Any firefighter’s first real fire

    Is faced with anticipation

    On the one hand there’s excitement

    On the other, trepidation

    For this is what he trained to do

    During countless hours of drills

    Old-timers recount their war stories

    As he imagines the thrill

    Not many can imagine the genuine rush

    ‘til immersed in heat, smoke and fire

    Physically fighting every urge to run

    As the flames grow ever higher

    I’m sure this was the case last Sunday

    As Jim Dickman climbed on the truck

    Ready and willing to dance with the Devil

    Before the alarm was even struck

    Told to stay close to one of the vets

    And not wander from his sight

    Steve Machcinski was the senior man

    That Jim would shadow this night

    Just another job, all were thinking

    As they rolled toward the smoke

    None could foresee the impending doom

    That would come in one horrible stroke

    This fire took two of Toledo’s bravest

    Knocked their brothers to their knees

    Jim believed that he’d see many fires

    But in life there are no guarantees

    God bless Stephen and James

    God bless their brothers

    God bless Toledo Fire Department

    And watch out for each other

    Capt. Tom Kenney

    Providence (RI) Fire Department


  33. Michael Fields

    I can’t begin to place myself in your shoes. We, in Columbus have of course had some close calls & then you think. .. & think. .. & then try to stop thinking! I know all of the studies & expert advice says that you should, “talk it out”… But most of you ate thinking “I got this. .. After all, we have a dangerous job. .. It happens sometimes”. Before you take that for granted & tuck it away in the closet in your mind that we all have, but are afraid to open; before you put up the walls that you’re all building as I write this; before you put distance between yourselves & your family. .. Your friends; before you ruin your career & your life. .. PLEASE take a moment to share with someone, with anyone what it is you’re feeling & process it correctly so that you can visit that “closet” without the fear that everything is going to pile out on your head.
    In God’s love, & w/ heavy heart I lift you all up & pray for peace. .. His peace.

  34. Lynn

    Prayers to God and St. Florian to watch over these families and brothers. May you find peace amongst your sorrow knowing they served with their hearts and without fear.
    Love to you all from the sister of a St. Louis, MO. firefighter

  35. iluvs2fish

    Thoughts & prayers still with you in your loss & w/the Toledo FD. God bless you all&keep you in His care. From IU in Bloomington IN.

  36. Bruno Gonzalez

    Honor and respect for privates Machcinski
    and private Dickman.
    Visiting from Fremont Fire in California

  37. Olivia Cheney

    Thank you… James sister Olivia

  38. Mark Kersey

    Hale Precision Coatings of Albion st, Toledo Ohio has had a wonderful hand lettered/ portraiture painted honoring the Toledo “fallen heroes” of Firefighting Distinction, and has proudly installed it on the gate to their company headquarters . It is a two-sided 4 ft x 4 ft permanent sign ,greeting all customers and employees to their premises. It can be seen 1/2 block south on Albion street off of Monroe st near the west side of the train overpass near Swayne Field. It was created by local artist Mr. Atomic

  39. Larry Cready

    May god wrap his loving arms around you tomorrow. May he help guide you through what may be one of the most difficult days you will face. I hope you find comfort knowing that your brothers, our heroes, will be standing beside him smiling down on all of you….. I personally appreciate everything you do for us, I trust you with my life and the lives of my children and I will always stand with you wherever that may be….

    Toledo will never forget James Dickman and Stephen Machcinski.


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