Ben, a 3rd generation volunteer firefighter, via his maternal grandfather, was born on Flag Day (June 14th) 1996, and attended his first of many U.P Firefighter’s Tournaments six weeks later.” Ben’s fascination became determination, and he joined the fire department as a cadet at age 14. He certified as a firefighter at age 18. In 2018, he received the Forsyth Township Fireman of the Year award. Ben worked ruthlessly to create and build camaraderie and to bring the fire department back to “what it used to be”. When the fire pager toned, he hastily raced to get to the hall, saying, “I was born for this!”  He always wanted to “make the first truck” in his response. 

On Friday, March 13, 2020, at approximately 2130hrs, Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren and Forsyth Township Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a fire in a duplex. While working the interior of the structure, part of the floor collapsed and Lauren became trapped between the first and basement floors. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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