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Madison County to fly flags at half-staff in honor of fallen firefighter

Chairman Kurt Prenzler announced that flags at Madison County buildings will be flown at half-staff to honor Godfrey Fire Capt. Jacob “Jake” Ringering who died in the line of duty Tuesday.

“Firefighters risk their lives each and every day, running toward danger instead of away from it,” Prenzler said. “Capt. Ringering gave the ultimate sacrifice. He was part of the Madison County family and his loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.”

The flag will be flown at half-staff until following Ringering’s funeral.

Ringering died after a brick structure collapsed on him and others during a fire in Bethalto on Culp Lane. Ringering served with the Godfrey Fire Protection District the past nine years.

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