Dayton Strong Stories: He escaped every parent’s worst nightmare the morning of the Oregon District shooting

Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Thomas Alig could have been among the families searching for answers in the Dayton Convention Center on Aug. 4.

The St. Albert The Great teacher got a frantic call the night of the Oregon District mass shooting and rushed to pick up his son, nieces and nephew.

He found out later that morning how close he came to a parent’s worst nightmare.

Things have not been the same. To hear his story, listen to the podcast above.

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This audio recording is part of a partnership between Dayton Daily News, WHIO, and WHIO Radio designed to share stories of survival, struggle and strength.

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Miami Valley residents shared personal stories about their experiences during the Oregon District mass shooting, Memorial Day tornadoes and other 2019 tragedies with Dayton Daily News reporters Cornelius Frolik and Amelia Robinson. 


Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

The sessions were recorded at the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch. Some will be featured as part of an upcoming WHIO-TV special.

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