Yesterday, June 9, 2017, the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department held its 56th Annual Memorial Service remembering those Toledo Firefighters that were killed in the line of duty. Also remembered, were the 16 Toledo Fire retirees who passed in the previous year.

Due to the research recently completed by the Toledo Firefighters Museum, this years memorial saw the addition of two firefighters to our memorial plaque. Firefighter Joseph Mariea died while on duty at fire station 7 on December 10, 1938 and Firefighter Robert H. Schrein died while on duty at station 24 on March 3, 1976.

We would like to thank all who attended our Memorial Service including Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and our guest speaker, Mr. Randy Oostra, President/CEO ProMedica. Mr Oostra spoke of Captain James Fraser who was killed in the line of duty on January 3, 1894 at the King-Quale Elevator fire. The site of this historic fire is now the future downtown home of ProMedica. In the near future, ProMedica will be placing a plaque on the property to mark the site where Captain Fraser lost his life. Also joining us for our service was Mr. Doug Tracy and his wife Debbie, Doug is the Third Great Nephew to Captain Fraser.

With the addition of Firefighter Joseph Mariea and Firefighter Robert H. Schrein, the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department has lost 56 firefighters in the Line Of Duty since 1872.