Community honors fallen Lancaster deputy

From left are Darlene Benson Griffith, Autumn Benson Richardson and Donald Benson Jr. beside Donald Benson Sr.’s star on the Wall of Valor. Photo by Jackie Nunner

by Jackie Nunnery

Just as they did in 1981, the community came out to honor the sacrifice made by Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Donald Benson Sr. at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 22, in front of the Wall of Valor at the Kilmarnock Museum.

It was a “solemn afternoon of remembrance and past due recognition,” said Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Robert Mosier in remarks prior to the flag presentation. Secretary Mosier also read a letter from Gov. Glenn Youngkin and First Lady of Virginia Suzanne Youngkin that recognized the burden shared by his wife, Darlene Benson Griffith, and children, Donald Jr. and Autumn, and noted that Benson Sr.’s “legacy lives on in those that choose to serve.”

Benson Griffith said “there were no words to express my gratitude” but thanked the community for its support….

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