Dion Green knows far too personally how hurtful 2019 has been to Dayton.
The Northridge resident’s house was hit hard by the worst of the 15 Memorial Day tornadoes that rocked the Dayton area.
Weeks later, Green and his family faced the unimaginable when what started as a beautiful night in the Oregon District turned into a nightmare.
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Green’s dad and right-hand man Derrick Fudge died in his arms in the heart of Dayton on Aug. 4.
The massacre that claimed nine lives was the worst mass shooting in Ohio’s history.
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It and the tornado are among a string of traumas to hit the Dayton area, including the recent killing of Dayton police Det. Jorge Del Rio.
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Green and “What Had Happened Was” host Amelia Robinson talk about the impact the tragedies have had on him and his family. But this episode is also about hope.
Green shares the adversities he has faced, the forgiveness he’s extended and the faith that has helped him through a very dark year.
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ABOUT THE PODCAST
“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com and recorded in the WHIO Radio studios. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio.
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