Mass Held for Fallen Toledo (OH) Firefighters

Nearly 1,000 people packed the pews of the Historic Church of St. Patrick near downtown to start the painful process of saying good-bye to two Toledo (OH) firefighters killed on Sunday.

Private James Dickman, 31, and Private Stephen Machcinski, 42, were memorialized during Wednesday service at St. Patrick’s, which is considered by many the firefighters’ church. The bodies were not in the church, according to a report from the Toledo Blade (

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Dave Meegan, a retired Toledo firefighter who volunteers at the church, said the Mass was deeply significant for the firefighters mourning their co-workers’ deaths.

“This is the healing process for us all. This is the parish’s way of saying thank you,” Meegan told the Blade. Meegan knew Private Machcinski and worked with him during his rookie year in 1998. “Steve was a great guy. All rookies get a nickname and when he was a rookie at Engine 17, there was already a Steve there, so he became ‘Little Steve.’ “

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