Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor pays tribute to fallen firefightersBy Aimee Portala : April 28th, 2014
The Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor at The University of Toledo Health Science Campus will be adding plaques honoring fallen firefighters Private James A. “Jamie” Dickman and Private Stephen A. Machcinski in a private ceremony on Wednesday, April 30.
Pvt. Machcinski, 42, had been with TFD since 1998, for a total of 16 years of service. Pvt. Dickman, 31, had just been appointed to the department in September, for a total of six months of service. He previously served with the Sandusky Perkins Fire Department.
Pvts. Machcinski and Dickman died from injuries incurred while battling a structure fire on Sunday, January 26. Both men were assigned to Engine 3.
They were the 48th and 49th Toledo Firefighters to die in the line of duty in the 177 year history of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department, and the first fatalities from an active blaze since 1981.
A plaque for each firefighter will be added to the wall, which is located in the Emergency Department of UTMC near the ambulance entrance.
“In addition to the plaques on the wall of honor, there will also be plaques displayed where our paramedic students are taught,” said Dr. Paul Rega, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine. “It’s a reminder of why they need to learn what they need to learn, who was there before them and whose shoulders they are standing on.”
Joe Zerbey, Mayor D. Michael Collins, Chief Louis Santiago and Dr. Lloyd Jacobs will be in attendance.
The Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor, made possible through funding from The Blade, was established in 2011 to recognize individual achievement and self-sacrifice in the EMS and Emergency Medicine community. Nominations are submitted by community stakeholders and then reviewed by a multi-disciplinary selection committee.
“It’s a great way to commemorate doctors, nurses and medics,” Rega said. “These excellent educators and practitioners deserve recognition.”
For more information, contact Rega at Paul.Rega@utoledo.edu.