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Wake Forest HS teacher remains positive after losing home to fire

Posted May 5, 2015
Updated May 6, 2015

— Despite losing everything, John Hardymon has a positive outlook on life.

“Material things never meant a lot to me,” the Wake Forest High School special education teacher and wrestling coach said. “I’m a believer and I believe Christ has a plan for everything we go through.”

It took 15 minutes for fire to destroy Hardymon’s Franklinton home Monday afternoon.

A neighbor told him what happened.

“She told me to get home, my house is on fire,” he said. “I followed the Louisburg fire truck into my property.”

A low-hanging power line snapped after getting caught onto a modular home on the back of a truck, Hardymon said. The line then ignited his home.

Hardymon watched as his home burned to the ground.

Tough circumstances are nothing new for Hardymon. At 18-years-old, he ended up in North Carolina after running out of money while on a nationwide search for his father.

Hardymon relies on his deep faith to get him through difficult circumstances.

“I have a good father and he takes care of me,” he said. “I never once even flinched about who takes care of me.”

Prior to the fire, Hardymon won a $10 gift card for teacher appreciation week. He gave the gift card to another teacher, said Jodi Deskus, the school’s SAP coordinator.

“This is the epitome of Johnny,” she said. “He is the kindest and most generous person. He is hard-working, dedicated, relentless in his efforts to help kids and that spans over many years at our school.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Hardymon.


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  • Kristi Bobbitt Coley May 6, 2015
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    Even with the insurance, it can sometimes take a while before he even gets reimbursement of any type. A gofundme would help with any immediate needs, i suppose.

  • Veronica Hammond May 6, 2015
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    He should sue the company moving the modular home as well.

  • Angie Cox May 6, 2015
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    insurance rips people off. seriously!

  • Veronica Hammond May 6, 2015
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    Why is a gofundme account needed? Does he not have homeowners insurance? If he knows who his Father (i.e., the Lord) is, why go broke searching for a man who could care less about you (obviously, or he would've been there to help raise his offspring)?