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Bartelso Firefighter Who Died While Fighting Fire To Be Honored at National Memorial Service

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A Bartelso Firefighter who lost his life while fighting a fire last December will be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on October 6th.  

45-year-old Timothy Jansen of the Santa Fe Fire Protection District is one of three Illinois firefighters and 73 nationwide who lost their lives in firefighting efforts last year that will be honored.  The ceremony will take place at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  

Jansen died on December second of last year when being struck by an apparatus at the scene of a house fire.  The other two Illinois Firefighters killed last year died while fighting separate fires for the Chicago Fire Department.  

The names of the firefighters will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Academy grounds.  The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Department of Homeland Security.  

More than 5,000 people, including members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service and families and friends of the fallen firefighters are expected to attend.  Families will receive flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and the National Memorial.  Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.  

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