"They told me the news, your son was actually dead and then they had to revive him at the hospital," says Benson.
After graduating from Park City High School, Conner packed his bags for an internship in Maryland. On July 10th, he was at a gathering for work when a major storm rolled in. As others were running for cover he and some co-workers answered the call of duty, a decision that would prove to be fateful.
"All the gear was being blown around, a couple people, Conner included ran out to secure everything. At that time that's when Conner and Alex were struck by lightning," says Benson.
A real threat on Pioneer Day with thunderstorms in the forecast as Utahns head out to celebrate.
“Always keep an eye to the sky for dark clouds and that lightning, because it can come from pretty far away," says ABC 4 Utah Meteorologist, Curtis Ray.
The best thing to do is get indoors as quick as possible, either a vehicle or building will do.
If that's not an option stay away from trees and metal which can attract it. Get into the open where you can at least minimize the risk.
"You want to get down close to the ground, on the balls of your feet, so don't be flat footed, but on the balls of your feet and duck your head down. Cover your head and that's the best way to ride out a thunderstorm if you can't get any shelter," says Ray.
A lack of shelter for Conner for that dark and dreary night has lead to a difficult and long recovery, but knowing it could have been worse puts it all into perspective.
"How could we not be relieved our son is alive? Not just alive, he's doing well, he's recovering ahead of the curve," says Benson.
Conner's co-worker, Alex, who was also hit that night survived as well.
A fund has been set up to help Conner get back on his feet. Visit http://www.gofundme.com/Conner-Benson-Fund for more information.