Benjamin Louis Robinett:
October 19, 1975 - September 28, 2014
Ben Robinett spent his life in service to his fellow man.
Ben served in the Air Force as a firefighter at Randolph Air Force base in San Antonio, TX. It was also in San Antonio that he met and married Ashley, his wife of 18 years. It was in San Antonio that their first daughter, Emily was born.
After his service with the Air Force ended, Ben, Ashley, and Emily moved to St. Louis, MO where Ben had grown up. There Ben continued his life of service by working at Saint Charles County 9-1-1 Dispatch and volunteering at the Lake Saint Louis Fire Department.
In 2005, Ben served in the Navy Reserve and traveled to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, ensuring that those wounded during the conflict were transported to facilities where they could receive the care that they desperately needed.
In 2006, Ben and his family moved to Canon City, CO after Ben accepted a job as a civilian firefighter working at Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, CO. Ben served heroically, receiving multiple commendations.
In July 2007, Ben and the team from Fort Carson won the Department of Defense Heroism Award:
In 2009, Ben again signed up to serve his country in the Air Guard as an firefighter at an air base in Iraq.
In July 2013, Ben and his family lost their home in the Black Forest fire, but Ben continued to serve his community - reporting to duty the day after he learned that his home had been lost. While his home continued to smolder, Ben headed into the mountains to do what he loved to do - fight fires and help his fellow man.
My Brother Has Fallen
My Brother has fallen; no, I don't know his name.
Have not the same parents still family all the same.
He lives in this town, I live in another,
It doesn't really matter 'cause this man is my Brother.
My Brother I call him, yet I've never seen his face.
I have brothers and sisters all over the place!
You see I am a Firefighter and our families are one.
Around the world, a brotherhood of unity,
A closeness, a bond, most people don't see.
I'll watch your back; she'll watch mine
"You go, I go," time after time
His family's my family, her family theirs,
We're part of one family where everyone cares,
I'll look after your kids, please look in on my wife,
Should that day finally come when I laid down my life.
We dedicated our lives to helping our fellow man,
Living day after day doing all that we can,
Where ever we're needed whether nighttime or day,
To save life of another we'll step in harms way.
My Brother has fallen doing what he loved best,
And among the Honored, he now stands with the rest.
For a mile in dress uniforms here everyone stands,
For my Brother has fallen, God into your hands.