As you know, Captain Jake Ringering, 37, passed away in the Line of Duty at a dwelling fire on Tuesday, March 5. He was born in Alton, Ill. on Dec. 14, 1981.
He began his career as a paid on call Firefighter in East Alton on Feb. 20, 2001. He was hired as a career firefighter at East Alton on Dec. 20, 2005. On Aug. 5, 2010 he was hired as a career firefighter at Godfrey (Ill.) Fire Protection District where he attained the rank of lieutenant on March 27, 2013 and Captain on May 1, 2014.
As a result of his dedication to public service, Jake impacted many lives and countless individuals are alive today as a testament. Jake served as president of the Godfrey Firefighters Local 1692 and taught fire science at Lewis & Clark Community College. He was also a trainer/instructor through Max Fire Training. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.
In his life, he was a leader and always wanted to help others. He was a loving son, brother and in-law who never met a stranger. Jake was loved by many people and everyone he met called him a friend.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. walk-through tribute by members of the Godfrey Fire Protection District on Monday, March 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Jeremy Paulin, OMV will officiate.
Memorials may be made to: Benefitting The Jake Ringering Family through Carrollton Bank, 120 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, IL 62002. Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and information may be found at http://www.gentfuneralhome.com
Our prayers and condolences continue.
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