“Thank you, Tim Jansen!” A large crowd of fellow firefighters, family and friends shouted these words on Saturday morning outside the Bartelso Fire Department as they remembered the local hero who gave his life while fighting a fire in December 2012.
State legislators from the area were also on hand to honor Jansen and to dedicate a portion of Illinois Route 161 as the “Firefighter Tim Jansen Memorial Highway.”
“We thank his family and we thank this village for giving us firefighter Tim Jansen,” said state Rep. Charlie Meier of Okawville, who sponsored House Joint Resolution 74 dedicating the highway.
“Today, we’re here to honor Tim Jansen and his family and to dedicate this highway so that everyone who drives it will remember him as well.”
Jansen, 45, was a 15-year veteran of the Santa Fe Fire Protection District in Bartelso when he lost his life while responding to a fire at the intersection of Jansen and River roads in rural Bartelso on the evening of Dec. 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife Brenda and two daughters Mackenna and Jenna.
The resolution (see below in its entirety) designates the section of Illinois Route 161 between the intersection of Hanover Street in Germantown and the intersection of South B Street in Bartelso as the “Firefighter Tim Jansen Memorial Highway.” The Illinois Department of Transportation erected the memorial highway signs in Bartelso and Germantown last week. The Bartelso sign, located west of the fire station, was unveiled by two of Jansen’s fellow firefighters as part of Saturday’s dedication ceremony.
Father James Buerster, pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Bartelso and St. Boniface Parish in Germantown, opened the dedication with a prayer.
Buerster reflected on life-changing events that we all have experienced such as the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack and the sudden loss of life of loving family members and good citizens like Tim Jansen.
A New Baden man has pleaded guilty to charges of burglarizing a New Baden home in August.
Jason F. Belman, 29, plead guilty to charges of burglary and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and was released on a recognizance bond pending his sentencing hearing.
His co-defendant, Ashley L. Voyles, 22, of New Baden, appeared in court last Wednesday and was denied a bond reduction.
New Baden Police Officer Jeff Mavrogeorge said that a 9-1-1 call came in on Aug. 30 at 4:42 p.m. regarding a burglary in progress at a residence in the 300 block of West Ash Street in New Baden.
“The homeowners actually came home and saw two people at the residence and they fled the scene in a vehicle,” Mavrogeorge said.
It took awhile, but the Centralia Budweisers found their way to the top of the Clinton County League once again. Not having won the CCL postseason title since 2003, the Buds took down 3-time champion Bartelso in the third and decisive best of three game Championship Series on Sunday, 5-3.
Paul Hrvol and Brian Dinkelman were the stories of the postseason with Hrvol taking home MVP honors by winning both games and tossing all 27 innings of postseason play.
“It’s real nice to get the win,” said Centralia player/manager Dave Causey. “Hats off to Paul Hrvol for pitching a great series. And you have to tip your hat to Bartelso. You couldn’t have asked for three better games.”
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