ST. LOUIS – There’s a beautiful scene in Affton when St. Louis began to bid farewell to a hero, Wednesday. Two fire service ladder trucks supported a giant American flag outside Kutis Funeral Home at a memorial service for St. Louis Ben Polson, 33, who had died in the line of duty six days earlier.
The flag flew eastward in the bitter January wind, but the cold did not alienate anyone. The funeral home’s parking lot and an overflowing ground were both packed as crowds of people came to pay their respects.
Polson died doing what he seemed to be born to do. He grew up in South St. Louis. He graduated from Vianney High School and then Missouri State University.
He then earned an MBA and then a law degree. He holds an MBA and a law degree but chose to become a firefighter, like his father, the St. Louis retired, Jim Polson.
Ben became a firefighter less than two years ago. Last Thursday, he was fighting a fire at an empty, dilapidated home on Cote Brilliante in North St. Louis. He was among those looking for anyone who might be inside. As they left the building, the roof collapsed, killing Polson.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. every Thursday at the Basilica with a private burial at the Resurrection Cemetery.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson ordered that the flag be flown at half a foot on Thursday, from sunrise to sunset.
https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/visitation-held-for-st-louis-firefighter-benjamin-polson-killed-in-roof-collapse/ A memorial service was held for firefighter Benjamin Polson in St. Louis, died in the roof collapse