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DIGGING DEEPER: Pekin fire captain retires amidst external investigation

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PEKIN (WEEK) -- A Pekin fire captain tendered his retirement after being placed on administrative leave pending an external investigation, sources tell 25 News.

Pekin Fire Captain Jamie Evans is no longer on the job after more than 25 years working for the department, according to high-ranking city sources and the Pekin Firefighters Union.

"Jamie Evans has since tendered his retirement ever since the external investigation began," Firefighters Local 524 President Tom Veatch said.

This all started last week, when the department was made aware of the investigation. Sources would not discuss the nature of the probe.

The longtime department veteran appeared numerous times on our air, including as recently as two weeks ago, speaking on severe weather and fire safety.

We left a voicemail Tuesday for Evans, but he has not yet responded. That phone line has since been disconnected, after our initial call at noon.

"The number you have dialed is not a working number," an automated voice now says when calling the number.

Regardless of the result of the investigation, we've been told that Evans will not return to the department due to his retirement.

We reached out to the Illinois State Police to see if they are the agency conducting the investigation. They have not yet returned our comment.

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Alex Gaul

Alex Gaul joined WEEK 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. He formerly worked for KPNX-TV and KAET-TV, both in Phoenix, Arizona. The Illinois-native is an alum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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