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Bartelso Fireman Killed When Getting Run Over By Fire Truck At Fire Scene

By Bruce Kropp

A 45-year-old volunteer fireman from the Santa Fe Fire Protection District in Bartelso in Clinton County has died from injuries sustained in an accident at the scene of a fire Sunday night. 

Germantown Fire Chief Jeff Kampwerth says the fire call was at a unoccupied clubhouse at 97-50 River Road in the Kaskaskia River Bottoms.

  "The Santa Fe Fire Department responded to a report of a timber fire

that was near a residence.  Upon arrival, firemen found it to be a working structure fire. During the initial response, firefighter Timothy Janson was struck by an apparatus.  He was treated on the scene before being transfered to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese where he later passed away," said Kampwerth.  "Tim was a 15 year veteran of the department and leaves behind his wife and two daughters."  

Santa Fe Fire Department Chief Adam Maue told the Belleville News Democrat Jansen was struck after he slipped off the first truck on the scene as he was pulling off hoses. Maue said the driver of the truck didn't now Jansen had fallen and thought it was okay to move the truck.   Maue reported the accident left everyone speechless and shook up.

Kampwerth says to allow members of the Santa Fe Fire Protection District to mourn their loss, the Breese Fire Department manned their station overnight in the event of another fire. He reports other departments are also stepping up to cover fires in the district. Germantown and Beckemeyer Firemen both provided mutual aide at the club house fire. The club house was heavily damaged in the fire. 

Jansen formerly operated the bowling alley in Bartelso before recently opening his own restaurant. A black cloth was draped across the restaurants entrance Monday morning.

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