Rep. Niemerg Thanks Dieterich Firefighters for Responding to Wheeler Train Derailment

Pictured (L-R) Firefighter Daniel Drake, Firefighter Joe Purcell, Captain Clayton Campton, Representative Adam Niemerg, Chief Ross Martin, Firefighter Brandon Kuhl, Firefighter Marty Crooker, Firefighter Cody Bloemer. Not pictured Assistant Chief Sherman Ashley, Firefighter Donnie Fulk, Firefighter Ryan Bloemer, and Firefighter Kyle Webb.

State Representative Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) this week presented House of Representative certificates to the firefighters who responded first to the scene on February 16, 2021, to a train derailment during a snowstorm and record cold temperatures.

“The response by the Dieterich Fire Protection District personnel on that very cold snowy night is very much appreciated by everyone in our area,” commented Rep. Adam Niemerg. “The quick action by these men helped to ensure nobody was hurt, no lives were lost, and that the safety of local residents and travelers through the area was maintained. Thank you, Chief Ross Martin and your team for your efforts that night and all that you do every day for our community!”

Eleven personnel received this recognition as part of the over 50 people who assisted with the safety procedures and cleanup of the train derailment on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The derailment occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. along Illinois Highway 33 between the communities of Dieterich in Effingham County and Wheeler in Jasper County.