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Bikers raise money for Magnolia St. apartment fire victims

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been three months since two Toledo firefighters were killed battling an apartment fire on Magnolia Street in North Toledo.

But whatever happened to the people who lived there?

On Sunday, local bikers helped two of them.

The Northwest Ohio chapter of Brothers of the Third Wheel sponsored a poker run and benefit jam at Backyard BBQ on Sylvania Avenue.

"We're an organization. We help others that need help," said Jackie Kropaczewski of the chapter.

They turned out to help Tracy Bishop and Patricia Rollins.

"I feel that they've been a little forgotten. They needed help and I was happy to be a part of it," said Carol Wilhelm.

Tracy says the event was amazing.

"It's the first time anybody other than the Red Cross has helped us. It's our first benefit. I'm so happy," said Tracy.

Tracy and Patricia are slowly getting back on their feet.

They were friends before but adversity has brought them closer together.

Tracy has moved into an apartment but is still looking for a job.

Patricia is in a house.

"It's a huge experience for me. I never had to go through all this before in my life. It's a change for me. A new complete start," said Patricia.

Firefighters James Dickman and Steven Machinski died trying to douse the flames that engulfed Tracy and Patricia's building.

Days later the owner of the building, Ray Abou Arab, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson.

"Sad. Sorrow. Disappointed. I just don't understand why he would do something like that," said Tracy.

The friends are moving on however.

"I'm doing pretty good. Settling into my new house. Living day to day. That's all I can do," said Patricia.

On Sunday, the two women got a big boost from some compassionate bikers from throughout the region.

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