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After LODD’s there are systematic and somewhat impersonal bureaucratic events that take place. These policy reviews, OSHA investigations, independent panels last for months while those who were there are mourning the loss of friends are left knowing looming questions will be expertly answered by someone miles away. Sometimes as a fire service we jump to answer all of the questions in our attempt to “do good” and produce highly technical explanations of these events. Let us not forget that sometimes “head” answers do not address the “heart” matters that dwell inside those who worked with, were friends with and who were on the scene with Machcinski and Dickman. Don’t sit back and wait on the reports with everyone else. You have a role to play in this brotherhood and that is to support the Toledo Firefighters . Write them, call them, visit them and let ALL of their members know that an entire nation of firefighters are more concerned with their well-being than we will ever be with any report. We all work in a very dangerous job that is often visited by tragedy. That makes us caring about one another all the more important.

To the Firefighters in Toledo I offer my support and admiration for the service you provide, the risk you take and the sacrifices you make. Godspeed!

Here are a few links, contacts and addresses for you to show you care:

http://www.toledofirerescue.com/we-remember/

Toledo Engine 3

701 Bush St

Toledo OH 43604

luis.santiago@toledo.oh.gov – Fire Chief

gary.martin@toledo.oh.gov – Operations Chief

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