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Bill Janes was an APCO member since April of 2000. He served on the Illinois APCO Executive Board in 2005 and 2006. His reputation as a very knowledgable, very dedicated worker was well known. We morn with his passing and extend our condolences to his family, friends, co-workers and everyone in public safety.

The following is an article published in the The Telegraph Newspaper to note his passing.

Madison County emergency responders are mourning the loss of one of their own after longtime 911 systems technician William "Bill" Janes III died unexpectedly Friday.

Janes, 57, of East Alton, died from an apparent heart attack at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. For the past 17 years he’s been looked to as the "go-to guy" when it comes to maintaining and repairing the county’s emergency telephone system for its 16 public safety answering points.

Many who knew Janes were shocked to learn of his death.

"He was far too young to have this happen," said Dave Whipple of Alton, who is the former 911 coordinator and Janes’ former boss. Whipple remembered Janes as a good man and someone who was extremely knowledgeable in his field. "He was good at what he did," Whipple said. "He could troubleshoot most any problem and was very technical in his approach. Not everyone liked that, but he knew his job inside and out."

Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz said he was serving as chair of the Emergency Telephone System Board when Janes was hired. "We brought him on because of his distinct qualifications," Hertz said. Janes had been working for a private company installing radio equipment in police and emergency vehicles when the ETSB hired him in 1994. Janes served on several statewide committees with the National Emergency Numbers Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. Hertz said that Janes was an intelligent and hardworking man. "Those kind of people are hard to come by nowadays," he said. "I wish his family all the best.

Janes is survived by his wife, Melodie, and two adult sons, William IV and David, their spouses, and a granddaughter, Josie.

Brent Wells, who is Janes’ neighbor and a sergeant with the East Alton Police Department, said he was truly going to miss a man he considered a friend. "I’ve lived next to him for the past 14 years," Wells said. Wells said the two have drank more than their share of beers together through the years talking about a little bit of everything to include work and family. "We had a lot in common," he said. "I’m going to miss him. The whole neighborhood will."


East Alton Police Chief Dwynn Isringhausen said it’s sad knowing he would never see Janes walk into his station again. "I liked Bill," Isringhausen said. "We may not have always agreed on everything, but he was always easy to work with. He really knew what he was doing and was good at it." Isringhausen said because of Janes’ technical expertise, once a problem was reported it was fixed as quick as Janes could make it to the station. He said he knows that Janes put in a lot of hours at all times of the day and night, too. "Whenever you called he was there," he said. "He really was dedicated to what he did. He took pride in it."

Madison County Board member Chris Slusser, R-Wood River, said he knew Janes since he worked as a police cadet in Wood River. "I would always see him when he would come into the station and into dispatch to work on the system," Slusser said. Slusser said that he continued to see Janes when he was hired as a police officer at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
"Bill was a good friend of my uncle’s," he said. "We also developed a friendship over the years."
Slusser said he believes that Janes was the most knowledgeable man in the county as well as one of the most under-appreciated. "He was good at what he did," he said. "Not only will he be missed by those in police and fire, his friends and family are going to miss him as well."