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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Firefighter
Year of Death: 1990

Leon L. Benton

Firefighter Leon L. Benton died from a heart attack after collapsing during a basketball game at Fire Station 1. Benton‚ who played on the department’s basketball team‚ was working overtime at the time training for a state basketball tournament for fire department teams.

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  1. Leon was a loving Father to his daughter Courtney and God Father to my Daughter Kara. He was also a loving Husband, Brother, Son, Cousin, Nephew, Uncle and Friend to many in the Jacksonville Area. Leon was my best friend and I considered him a brother. He was always a voice of reason. His calm voice and good looks always got him attention with the ladies. But he was a devoted husband. He was a God fearing man and a mentor to all the new firefighters at Station 1. Rest in heavenly peace. Gone but never forgotten.

    – Evalee Glover