State Rep. Ashford Unveils Toledo Firefighters Memorial Highway
Stretch of I-75 in Toledo honors first responders who lost lives in line of duty
January 09, 2018
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State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Toledo Firefighters Local 92 union president Jeff Koenigseker held a press conference Monday to reveal the “Toledo Firefighters J. Dickman and S. Machcinski Memorial Highway,” a stretch of I-75 between Nebraska Avenue and Monroe Street in Toledo honoring local firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“The Toledo Firefighters Memorial Highway honors the courage, sacrifice and commitment to service of our firefighters, especially those who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Rep. Ashford. “This renaming shows Toledo’s unwavering support for the truly amazing work first responders do every day to keep our communities safe.”

State Reps. Michael Ashford and Michael Sheehy (D – Oregon) introduced House Bill 324 in early 2017 to designate the Toledo Firefighters Memorial Highway. Their proposal was included in the finalized version of Senate Bill 134, which passed both chambers and was signed by the governor in December.

“The sacrifices the two firefighters made will never be forgotten,” said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “The wound their tragic death left on the city will never be healed.”

The highway is named after Toledo firefighters James Dickman and Stephen Machcinski, who lost their lives in 2014.

Road markers designating the highway are scheduled to be installed in the coming months.

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