fireThe Beckemeyer Fire Department responded to a fire at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at 530 East First Street in Beckemeyer. Photo by Allen HuelskampFire2Firefighter Josh Schniers and Jim Nettles were recognized at Monday night’s meeting of the Beckemeyer Village Board. The two men rescued a woman from a burning house last Wednesday in Beckemeyer. Pictured, from left, are state Rep. Charlie Meier, Schniers, Nettles and Beckemeyer Village President Josh Mensing.    Two local men were recognized for their efforts in saving a woman’s life following a house fire last Wednesday in Beckemeyer.
    Jim Nettles and firefighter Josh Schniers were recognized at the Beckemeyer Village Board meeting Monday night. 
    The Beckemeyer Fire Department responded to a fire at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at 530 East First Street in Beckemeyer.
    According to firefighter Jeremy Pate, the fire started in the kitchen and dining area of the home.
    He said that two men were working across the street from the house when a window broke and one of the men (identified as Nettles) saw smoke and went across the street, where a neighbor told him that a person lived there.
    He said that one of the men (Nettles) went inside the home and found a woman who was about 8 feet from the front door on the floor. 
    “The woman was conscious and was laying on the floor, incoherent,” Pate said.
    Nettles and firefighter Schniers (who assisted Nettles) grabbed the woman from the floor and took her outside of the burning home. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for second degree burns.
    Firefighters worked for about 25 minutes to get the fire under control. No other injuries were reported.
    In addition, other firefighters provided mutual aid, including from  Bartelso, Breese, Carlyle and Wheatfield. Clinton County Emergency Management Agency, MedStar, Breese EMS and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department also responded and the Beckemeyer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary assisted as well.
    Beckemeyer Mayor Josh Mensing honored both Nettles and Schniers at the Sept. 11 village board meeting, where they were both awarded plaques and Rep. Charlie Meier was also present at the meeting, and said that both Nettles and Schniers will receive a certificate from the state for their lifesaving efforts.

ChrisKlayChris Klay    HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese invites community members to join them in welcoming Chris Klay, new St. Joseph’s president and CEO, during a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the dining room area at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese. The open house-style reception will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and will give area residents an opportunity to meet Klay and welcome him to the community. Klay began his new role at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese on Sept. 11.
    While Klay is new to St. Joseph’s Breese, he is not new to Hospital Sisters Health System as he comes to the area after serving as the Division Director of Rehabilitation Services for the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division. 
    Since joining HSHS in 2009, Klay has been responsible for various aspects of hospital operations, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, wound care, sleep lab, and respiratory therapy.  He has facilitated development and expansion of programs across the Western Wisconsin Division, including the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a program which has consistently achieved national recognition for outstanding patient satisfaction scores and healing rates.
    “Mr. Klay has shown to be a proven leader in the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, and we look forward to him bringing his leadership skills to St. Joseph’s in Breese,” Jim Dover, HSHS Southern Illinois Division president and CEO, said.  “He has an enthusiasm for patient-centered care, and demonstrates a true commitment to our HSHS Mission.”
    Klay received his Master of Healthcare Administration from Ohio University and his Master of Arts in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica.  He completed a fellowship with the Advisory Board Company in Healthcare Executive Leadership in 2015, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 
    Klay succeeds Paulette Evans, who served as president and CEO for three years, and Amy Ballance who served as interim president and CEO since June 1, 2017.
    HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial in Effingham, HSHS Holy Family in Greenville and HSHS St. Joseph’s in Highland.
    About Hospital Sisters Health System
    Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelby-ville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. 
    For more information about HSHS, visit  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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