IFLODD: Firefighter Memorial

Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Jacob Ringering
Agency Godfrey Fire Protection District
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/5/2019
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Bethalto
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/5/2019
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On March 5, 2019, Captain Jacob “Jake” Ringering of the Godfrey Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire in Bethalto, Illinois.

The fire started in a single-story brick and wood frame building on Culp Lane in Bethalto and the Fosterburg Fire Department was the first dispatched. After mutual aid was requested, the Godfrey Fire Protection District was one of multiple departments who responded to the fire. Captain Ringering was working with other firefighters to locate hot spots and apply water on the fire in the walkout basement of the home through a standard door and a garage door when a structural collapse occurred. Ringering was struck by debris and suffered head and neck trauma. He was treated by firefighters and emergency medical responders at the scene and transported to Alton Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his fatal injuries.

Funeral services for Ringering were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton on March 12, and he was interred at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.

Ringering joined the Godfrey Fire Protection District as a career firefighter in 2010 and was the technical rescue officer, respiratory protection officer, and a lead instructor for the department. He was survived by his widow and three children.


“Firefighter Fatality Notice for Jacob “Jake” L. Ringering,” U.S. Fire Administration.

“Godfrey fire captain with deep roots in Metro East dies in house fire,” www.stltoday.com, March 6, 2019.

Obituary for Captain Jake Ringering, www.gentfuneralhome.com.

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