PARAMUS, N.J. — Friends of a Paramus firefighter and police dispatcher who passed away suddenly last month are raising funds to help the family he left behind.
Former Paramus Fire Chief Sean Benson was found unresponsive on Sept. 23, a few hours after responding to a fire alarm at a local restaurant with Company 2. The 30-year member of the department, who also served as dispatcher for Paramus police, died that night.
Benson, 50, was married to Corinne Benson for 26 years, and the couple has three children, Sean Jr., Erin and Cory.
The GoFundMe campaign , started on Friday by fellow firefighter Vince Lombardi and his wife, Amy, seeks to raise $10,000 to help the family handle everyday expenses while awaiting pension and insurance claims.
“Even though Corrine will get money from the state and feds, it may take a while,” Lombardi told Daily Voice. “They need help in the short term to deal with bills and living expense.”
Remembered as a man “who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need,” the GoFundMe campaign offers the community the chance to give back to a man who gave so much to others.
“He was a kind hearted guy who wanted nothing more than to bring people together and have fun,” said Lombardi who referred to Benson as a best friend and big brother. “The whole family is good people, and would do anything for anyone.”
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