|Agency||Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District|
|Type of Firefighter||Volunteer|
|Age Range||46 to 50|
|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|
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.