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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: IL

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 29th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain John Winkelman have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Huntley Fire Protection District.

John C. Winkelman

Rank: Fire Captain
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 23
Date of Incident: 04/12/2012
Time of Incident: 1457hrs
Date of Death: 04/12/2012

Fire Department: Huntley Fire Protection District
Address: 11808 Coral St. PO Box 517, Huntley, IL 60142
Fire Department Chief: James Saletta

Incident Description: While on assignment as the District's Communications Officer, Captain Winkelman attended an off-shift meeting at the dispatch center. Upon his return home from the meeting, Captain Winkelman was killed in a motor vehicle accident.

Incident Location: Rt. 176 and Mt. Thabor Rd., Crystal Lake, IL

Funeral Arrangements: Visitation will take place on Tuesday 04/17/2012 from 1600-2100hrs at the Cosman Center (Huntley Park District), 12015 Mill ST, Huntley, IL 60142.

A fire department walk through will take place at 1900hrs. Lineup will begin at 1830hrs in the southwest parking lot.

Funeral services will take place on Wednesday 04/18/2012 at 1100hrs at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6812 Main ST, Union, IL 60180. Visitation at St. John’s will be held from 1000-1100hrs. Lineup will be at 1030hrs. Procession to Marengo City cemetery will follow immediately after the funeral service.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Capt. Scott Ravagnie - Huntley Fire at 847-669-2995 or by email

Tribute is being paid to Fire Captain John C. Winkelman at

To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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