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Ben Lauren’s lifetime of service to community never to be forgotten

A fallen hero and his family were honored by the Marquette Elks Lodge 405 during a heartfelt ceremony earlier this week.

The Elks on Tuesday night presented a medal of valor to the family of the late Benjamin Lauren — a 23-year-old Forsyth Township firefighter who was fatally injured while fighting a structure fire at K.I. Sawyer on March 13 — in honor of the fallen first responder.

Elks Exalted Rule Russell Ransom recited the “Firefighter’s Prayer” and a brief biography prepared by Ron Lauren, Benjamin’s father, during the ceremony held Tuesday night at the Elks lodge.

Also on hand at the ceremony were Benjamin’s mother, Carla; his brother, Levi; and members of the Forsyth Township Fire Department.

Medals of service were awarded to Ron and Tori Lauren, both members of the Forsyth Township Fire Department. Tori Lauren is Benjamin’s sister.

Ransom read from the biography prepared by Ron Lauren, which highlighted Benjamin Lauren’s kindness, determination and service to his community, which began at an early age, as he was a third-generation volunteer firefighter.

“He and his siblings were often on scene in their car seats as little babies watching their dad,” Ransom said.

The younger Lauren enjoyed the big trucks and flashing lights.

“As he matured, his fascination became determination,” Ransom said.

Benjamin Lauren joined the fire department as a cadet at age 14, was certified as a firefighter at age 18 and became a captain at age 22, “which is quite an accomplishment for a young man,” Ransom said.

“Ben was unwavering in his ability to enjoy each day and was always to help a friend or stranger. He would shrug off any praise, stating, ‘That’s just what we do. Pass it on.’ His strong Christian faith was easily displayed in his actions.”

It’s clear from this biography and his actions that Benjamin Lauren was an amazing young man who was dedicated to helping others with his kindness, compassion and determination.

He was tragically taken from his family and community far too soon, but we know the memory of Benjamin Lauren and his legacy of service will live on forever, especially in the hearts of the area residents who were touched by his countless acts of kindness.

We hope our readers will consider continuing to honor his memory by doing what Benjamin Lauren would do: lending a helping hand to anyone in need, whether it’s a stranger, neighbor, friend, family member or even the community as a whole.

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