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Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff In Honor and Remembrance Of Fallen Bartelso Firefighter

By Bruce Kropp

The State of Illinois has issued a Proclamation ordering all persons or entities governed by the Illinois Flag Display Act to fly their flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Bartelso Firefighter Timothy Jansen who was killed while fighting a fire in the Kaskaskia River bottoms on Sunday night. It takes affect immediately and continues until sunset on December 6th. 

The proclamation is signed by Governor Pat Quinn and Secretary of State Jesse White.

The proclamation says Jansen will always be remembered throughout his 15 year career as a proud member and officer of the Santa Fe Fire Protection District who courageously volunteered to walk into fires as everyone else ran out. It continues that Jansen was not simply a public servant, but a dedicated first responder who was known by many for his deep commitment to helping people and saving lives. Jansen leaves behind a wife, Brenda, and two children. The Proclamation says not only did Jansen serve the citizens of the community and this great state, but was a hero in his role as a husband and father.

Funeral services for Jansen will be help at 11:30 Thursday morning at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, with visitation from three to eight Wednesday evening and from nine until the time of the service on Wednesday at the church.

Click here to see the full proclamation.

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