Jamie Dickman, 31, and fellow Toledo firefighter Stephen Machcinski, 42, died Jan. 26 while battling a fire at a two-story, six-unit apartment complex in North Toledo.
Dickman had been a Perkins firefighter for 10 years before becoming a Toledo firefighter shortly before his death. “They are heroes and deserve to be remembered forever” said Perkins firefighter Brian Hackenburg. The two men entered the building in search of anyone who may have been still inside. On the same day Dickman was buried, apartment owner Ray Abou-Arab, 61, was charged with two counts of murder and arson.
Hackenburg will run the full marathon in his turnout gear, which adds an additional 42 pounds onto his frame. Hackenburg worked alongside Dickman for many years.
There will be about 12 first responders from the area running the half marathon, Hackenburg said, adding he is the only one running the full marathon.
The other runners include Perkins firefighters, Huron firefighters, Sandusky police chief John Orzech and former Sandusky police officer Charlie Sams. A large number of Toledo firefighters will also run in the marathon.
Dickman ran alongside Hackenburg in his turnout gear during races in support of Hackenburg’s TurnOut Challenge campaign to inspire fellow firefighters to be as fit as possible.
“He looked like he was having the best time of everybody, smiling and high-fiving kids,” Hackenburg recalled.
There will be 10,000 black wristbands handed out before the marathon.
A large flag will be presented by two fire trucks over the starting line.