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  • pproffit Dec 19, 2012

    Target is horrible if you return a gift someone else purchased you. I had a foster child who was 'adopted' by a high school class. They purchased various gifts, many duplicates like gloves and other clothing items. Even after I explained the circumstance, Target wouldn't even allow me to exchange the items without a receipt.

  • sunneyone2 Dec 18, 2012

    I'm so glad they made it out unharmed, but what a terrible thing to have happen.

    Looks like that kid is well on his way to the SEALS though. He obviously has the heart for it.

  • 75Tarheel Dec 18, 2012

    Prayers for the family and congratulations to this young man and his heroic efforts. Sounds as though he may make a great SEAL!

  • CestLaVie Dec 18, 2012


    Google Riverwood Middle School to find their phone number so you can call for suggestions. I posted their phone number for you but I guess that was a no-no as my post did not appear.

  • CestLaVie Dec 18, 2012

    I'm thinking about purchasing a Wal-Mart gift card & dropping it off at the school on my way home from work today.

  • dmattingly0232 Dec 18, 2012

    Riverdell is having a hat day on wednesday to help the family. Please, if your children do go Riverdell send in a donation and show your support. My son is in class with the 9 year old girl and was very sad this happened to her. Let's help make this a great Christmas for them, and show them there is still love in the world.

  • LovemyPirates Dec 18, 2012

    I hope Wesley gets to serving as a Navy Seal. He's a hero.

  • irishgirlsarepretty Dec 18, 2012

    Sounds like a very sweet family and WOW what a great attitude considering what they've been through! Wesley you do indeed sound like SEAL material. GO FOR IT!

  • elaatkins Dec 18, 2012

    Does anyone have any information on how people from out of town can help? I live and work near/in Chapel Hill and cannot make it to Clayton during business hours.

  • carlostheass Dec 18, 2012

    So sad to have lost so much, but what a wonderful attitude. Wesley and Mr. Dixon, you are great people and I wish you the very best!

  • lisad27597 Dec 18, 2012

    Wonderful story - Wesley you are a true hero!!! Glad everyone got out safe -

  • jocomom Dec 18, 2012

    What a wonderful gift Wesley is to his family! An amazing act of love and courage by a special young man. And, yes, BaldChip, Clayton takes care of its own! Proud to have grown up in Clayton and to bring up my two young children in this town that has grown larger but has never lost its sense of community. May God continue to bless the Dixon family!

  • Crazy Mom Dec 18, 2012

    What a wonderful story and a wonderful family. Knowing Mr. Dixon, he is a kind, caring man who has obviously raised kind, responsible children.

    Such a breath of fresh air to hear a positive story. Yes, they lost EVERYTHING, but they still have family and the love of family.

    The school family in Clayton and the Clayton community is rallying around the family. They need absolutely anything that can be donated. Cash, Visa gift cards, etc, can be dropped off at Riverwood Middle School. They will make sure it gets to the family.

    Thank you for making this the top story of the day when I logged onto your site this morning!

  • Reason Dec 18, 2012

    The last line of this story speaks volumes for this father and family.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 18, 2012

    He is a HERO indeed. May he continue to be blessed in his growing years.

  • jetset Dec 18, 2012

    This young man should be recognized for his bravery. He saved his father! Prayers for his family are being lifted. It also sounds lile the father is grateful and humble to think of others during his own tragedy.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 18, 2012

    Wesley is a real hero and great role model for not only kids in the black community but for all people in general who have dreams. If he stays in school, stays out of trouble and pursues his goals, I really believe he'll make it as a Navy SEAL.

  • NCyiayia Dec 18, 2012

    Thank you, WRAL, for sharing this story... it helps to be reminded right now that there are still good people doing good things in the world. Well done, Wesley!

  • glo Dec 18, 2012

    It is much easier to become a Navy Seal if you have a college degree, I think. I vote we start a college fund for Wesley.

  • glo Dec 18, 2012

    He will make a good Navy Seal.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Dec 18, 2012

    Best news story I've read in a couple of weeks. Prayers for the family.

  • barbstillkickin Dec 18, 2012

    This teen is a hero and God has blessed him for this. I am very proud of this young teen and I am grateful no one was hurt.

  • North Carolina Cutie Dec 18, 2012

    GOD is good he is always there I am glad too see a happy ending. Keep your head on straight and you wll be that Navy Seal and more.

  • gocamels Dec 18, 2012

    sarahoconnor, thanks for posting that info. I too would like to help out. When I was younger we lost everything in housefire just few days before Christmas. Money, temporary shelter and clothing will be most helpful during this time.

  • Missy93 Dec 18, 2012

    Great job Wesley! You are such a brave young man! You & your family are truly blessed!!

  • PracticalMagick Dec 18, 2012

    This is wonderful! Not that they lost everything, but that nobody was killed, the young man helped his father, and this is the kind of headline that almost makes you feel better in the wake of all the other news we've seen.

  • CuriousT Dec 18, 2012

    So happy that this turned out well. Things can be replaced. Your loved ones are irreplaceable.

    I know that Wesley's dream of being a Seal will come true. He already has the dedication they have.

    I'll have all of them in my prayers. Folks, if you have your family healthy and happy, count that as your blessing this Christmas. As we've learned too often this year, that isn't the case for so many.

    Be thankful and pay it forward in whatever way you can.

  • Innsbruck Dec 18, 2012

    The boy looks like a teenage Michael Jordan.

  • kimsstressed Dec 18, 2012

    Way to go Wesley!! I was going to say, may God bless you, but He already has... GREAT to hear you want to be a Navy SEAL... Keep that in mind when making decisions in your life, and you'll get there... and Mr. Dixon, you're exactly right... As a parent, we can only imagine what those parents in Newtown are going through... I thank the good Lord Jesus everyone made it out alive.. May God continue to bless you and yours.

  • beach2011 Dec 18, 2012

    God Bless them all. What a brave young man. Nice to hear he is saving lives!!

  • sarahoconnor Dec 18, 2012

    I just contacted Riverwood Middle School where the father works and they are collecting donations of clothing, toys, gift cards, cash, whatever anyone wants to donate there at the school. They are at 204 Athletic Blvd. in Clayton. The ages of the children are 16, 13, 10, and 9.

  • erinaaronsbaby Dec 18, 2012

    I'm so glad to hear everyone got out of the house. That house is practically right across the street from me, and I was so shocked to see it gone. Wesley is definitely a hero - I hope he achieves his goal of becoming a Navy SEAL.

    WRAL, can you please advise how we can be of assistance to the Dixon family?

  • baldchip Dec 18, 2012

    I assure you that the Clayton Community will rally around this family. That's how we do business in Clayton.

    I can also assure you that First Baptist Church will be full this afternoon for Hogan Teem's Family. Again, that's how we do things in Clayton.

    The best decision my wife and I ever made was to move to Clayton 20+ years ago.

  • Bill of Rights Dec 18, 2012

    Excellent work, young man!

  • andreanicole686 Dec 18, 2012

    Good idea Lisa! Can people in their area come together with donations for clothing, food and small gifts for the holiday season? I think this child is such a hero! Such a warm happy story to read!

  • Susan08 Dec 18, 2012

    An amazing story! Thanks WRAL! Our office has called the middle school to see where to take donations. If I hear anything before WRAL posts it, I'll put it up here.

  • Holy Carp. Dec 18, 2012

    Nice job young man! You are a true hero!

  • nic Dec 18, 2012

    Amazing young man. Never a good idea to go back into a burning building but I am happy to hear everyone made it out alive. Love that through this the family realizes that the material things are not important and they still have each other to be thankful for.

  • Gr8Fun Dec 18, 2012

    Although devastating, it's a reminder of what's really important in life. It's not what we's who we have - Our loved ones to kiss goodnight each night. I'd like more information on what this family may need. I have children's clothing and toys I'd be willing to donate if we knew the kids ages and where we can take stuff. Please report how we can help this family.

  • gotafewkids Dec 18, 2012

    Wesley Dixon, what a courageous young man you are.
    This is the kind of story we like to see. Also, the kind of comments I like to read!

  • chach2r Dec 18, 2012

    I love hearing stories like this as well. Wonderful and touching.....even through loss your family still finds a blessing. and a true blessing this was.
    Wesley Dixon, you are a hero to me!!! God Bless you and your family!! I pray that all your dreams come true.

  • Canes Girl Forever Dec 18, 2012

    Wow. What a happy ending. I've got chills.

  • lisa4 Dec 18, 2012

    Can someone in Clayton contact Riverwoods Elem School and find our it donations can be sent to them for the Dixon family?

  • ctya Dec 18, 2012

    "I think about the people in Connecticut that don't have their children, but I can sit here and count all of mine," he said. "To me, that's a blessing

    Yet he still finds a way to be thankful.

  • tiger50 Dec 18, 2012

    What a brave young man. God Bless you for saving your father's life. Wow, such a difference from the horrible news last week where the young man shot his mother to death. Wesley- you are a hero!!

  • Pseudonym Dec 18, 2012


    We need to hear more stories about heroes like this. Please post comments here, no matter how short and insignificant, to prove to WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting that you are reading this story, and care to hear more stories like it. In addition, stay away from the stories about Newtown, CT. Don't even click on the links.

    Memorize Wesley Dixon's name and forget the name of the kid that shot up the elementary school. Wesley Dixon deserves recognition and fame, even though he's not seeking it. That other kid deserves to be forgotten, banished forever from the annals of history.

    As of 9 AM, there's only 10 comments. I want to see at least 700 by 5 PM. Otherwise, you will show exactly why things like Newtown happen.

    Again, memorize: Wesley Dixon.

  • dsalter Dec 18, 2012

    Good for him.

  • levit7 Dec 18, 2012

    Does anyone know how old their children are or where we can donate items for them? I have a bunch of toddler boy toys that I would love to physically give them if I can. THANKS!

  • esprg Dec 18, 2012

    "Eight days before Christmas, "we lost everything we had," said Harold Dixon, a custodian at Riverwoods Middle School. But the father said he still feels blessed. I think about the people in Connecticut that don't have their children, but I can sit here and count all of mine," he said. To me, that's a blessing." ~ Wonderful...heart touching; sad yet just WONDERFUL :) amen

  • Scubagirl Dec 18, 2012

    Now THAT'S the kind of stories about teens I like to read! Great job Wesley, and may your dreams for the future come to pass!

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