Leadership failures cited in Illinois firefighter’s death

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Captain Jacob Ringering

BETHALTO, Ill. – A report by Illinois regulators cites leadership failures by on-scene commanders in the March death of a southern Illinois firefighter who was killed while helping battle a house fire.

Godfrey Fire Capt. Jake Ringering died and three other firefighters were injured March 5 when a 21-foot brick wall collapsed in the village of Bethalto.

The Telegraph in Alton reports that the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health cites among its findings that no 360-degree walkaround of the scene was ever done to observe potential hazards before the deadly collapse even though the home was already fully engulfed when the first crews arrived.

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