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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Edwin Benson
Agency Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 6/19/1920
Date of Death 4/5/1967
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Algonquin
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/5/1967
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 5, 1967, Firefighter Edwin LeRoy “Roy” Benson of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire.

Benson drove a fire truck to the house fire on Pioneer Road, and was among the first firefighters to arrive on scene. He was advancing a hose line toward the burning residence when he collapsed. Benson was treated by other firefighters at the scene, and was transported to Sherman Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Funeral services for Benson were held on April 8, and he was interred at Algonquin Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, two children, and his mother.

A member of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District for sixteen years and a U.S. Army veteran, Benson operated a service station in Algonquin.

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