Volunteer firefighter killed in snowmobile crash

      Volunteer firefighter killed in snowmobile accident
      Volunteer firefighter killed in snowmobile accident

      TOWN OF TIPLER - The Florence County Sheriff's Office says a De Pere man was killed in a snowmobile crash early Saturday.

      It happened just before 2 a.m. on Tucker Road in the Town of Tipler.

      Officials say Russell Krause's snowmobile went off the road and hit a tree.

      The 48-year-old De Pere man died.

      Krause was a volunteer firefighter for the last 18 years with the Hobart Fire Department where he was a captain.

      Hobart Fire Chief Jerry Lancelle said he was not available for an on camera interview, but emailed FOX 11 a statement.

      It says, in part, "Russ was a dedicated volunteer firefighter and gained the respect of his peers thru his every day actions, accomplishing all of this while maintaining a full time job and raising a wonderful family at home."

      Officials say Krause was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but died on impact.

      The sheriff's office says alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash.