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Governor Pritzker orders all flags at half-staff to honor fallen firefighter

Captain Jacob L. Ringering was killed in the line of duty on March 5.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker has declared that all flags in Illinois should be flown at half-staff starting at sunrise Sunday until sunset Tuesday in honor of fallen firefighter Captain Jacob L. Ringering of the Godfrey Fire Protection District.

Captain Jake Ringering was killed while battling a house fire in Bethalto. He was the department’s technical rescue officer with several years of experience and was also a teacher at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Funeral arrangements and the funeral procession route have been announced for the Godfrey firefighter killed in the line of duty on March 5.

The visitation for Ringering will be on March 11 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. His funeral will be on March 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

After the funeral, he will be taken from the church to Valhalla Memorial Park on the following route:

  • Straight on Henry Street
  • Right on Landmarks Boulevard, which turns into Piasa Street/US-67/MLK Boulevard
  • Right on Alton Square Mall Drive
  • Left on Route 3/Homer Adams Parkway
  • Right on West Delmar Avenue
  • Right into Valhalla Memorial Park

You can see a map of the route on the Godfrey Fire Protection District Facebook page.

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