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.