Sergeant Donald C. Benson, Sr. was a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy and a Deputy Sheriff for the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Benson had served with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office for 8 years. On November 5th, 1981, while investigating a domestic dispute, Sergeant Benson was killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Benson was shot as he and another deputy attempted to serve a court order for an emergency mental health evaluation. As the two deputies approached the suspect's home, the man opened the door and fired a small caliber handgun, fatally wounding Sergeant Benson. The other deputy returned fire and wounded the suspect in the abdomen. The man was taken into custody and committed to a state hospital.
In 1991 the Virginia Forensic Science Academy Alumni Association formed a charitable foundation, the Donald C. Benson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. for the general purpose of administering scholarship grants to qualifying individuals. Support from the VFSAAA, contributions from the Association members, the general public, and from law enforcement agencies will provide the Fund with money to finance scholarships.
Contributions are tax deductible as provided under IRS regulations.
Our tax identification number is 54-1613304.