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Photo depicts city’s sadness


A Toledo firefighter in repose on a fire truck at the scene of a blaze in which fellow firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman were killed last month.

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The first time I saw the photograph of a Toledo firefighter, head bowed, on a fire truck, I wondered why The Blade didn’t leave him alone to grieve in peace (“Deadly past haunts Toledo’s fire crews,” Jan. 27).

I saw that photo in the ensuing days and was not able to take my eyes from it. I finally figured out why: This man was expressing the city’s sadness, mine included.

I thank firefighters for their bravery and courage.


Barstow Avenue

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