Russell Roberson Jr. responded to a residential fire with other members from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, on June 20, 2020. On June 21, 2020, firefighters responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. After evacuating a homeowner from a second residence that started to burn, Firefighter Roberson suffered a medical emergency on scene and died while being transported to the hospital. The fire was later determined to be an arson fire set by another volunteer firefighter.
Russ had been a member of the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He enjoyed working outdoors.
He was remembered as a hero who provided outstanding service to his community.