Jacob “Jake” L. Ringering, Captain

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While at the scene of a residential structure fire, Captain Jacob Ringering and three additional firefighters were injured when a portion of the structure collapsed as they attacked the fire. Ringering was taken to the hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. One of the additional firefighters was flown by helicopter to the hospital where he is in stable condition. The two remaining firefighters were treated and released.

Incident Location: 4604 Culp Lane, Bethalto, IL 62010 (U.S. National Grid: 15S YD 55592 12865 (DD: 38.927, -90.051))

Department information

Godfrey Fire Protection District
6011 Godfrey Road
PO Box F
Godfrey, Illinois 62035

Chief: Erik Kambarian

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 37
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: March 5, 2019 16:16
Date of death: March 5, 2019
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Crushed
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential