Man who died tragically in a Paris, Texas fire was saved by his sister in a fire years earlier.
Wired PR News.com – In a strange twist of fate, a man who died recently in a North Texas homeless shelter fire is brother to a woman who saved the lives of her siblings decades earlier in a house fire.
Derrial Wayne Dixon, one of the men who died on January 7, after a fire broke out at the Seed Sowers Christians in Action men’s shelter in Paris, Texas, reportedly lost his life as a result of braving the fire to rescue others trapped inside. According to Dixon’s sister Kathy, Derrial became trapped by the fire after helping three other individuals get out. Sources say he may have tripped and fallen before making it to safety.
Coincidently, Kathy Dixon helped save the lives of Derrial and her other siblings in a fire that occurred over 30 years prior. She was only nine years old at the time. Sadly, the children’s father died in the 1964 occurrence.
Kathy was featured for her heroic efforts in a 1965 issue of Sepia Magazine, a Fort Worth based publication that profiled the lives and achievements of African Americans while still in circulation.
Speaking fondly of her brother, Kathy quoted the biblical scripture during an interview with Wired PR News, “greater love has no one than this that he laid down his life for his friends.”