Community shows support for Ooltewah house fire victims
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Community members are rallying around an Ooltewah family who lost their son in a house fire Wednesday morning.
Family and friends of the Dickersons spent part of their day clearing items out of their destroyed home. The home caught on fire Wednesday morning. Jimmy Todd Dickerson, his wife Dawn and their daughter Suzie were able to get out safely, but their nine year old son Jamie didn’t make it.
Jimmy and his wife and daughter are now out of the hospital and staying at a hotel. Jimmy’s sister Brandi Freeman remembers the frantic call she got right after the fire.
“We knew they were safe but we didn’t know where Jamie was. They were transported to a local hospital because of smoke inhalation and we were in Louisiana, threw some clothes in a car and got here as soon as we could,” Freeman said.
Freeman says Jamie alerted his deaf parents about the fire. She says he saved his sister and his parents lives. Since then, she says people are stepping up to help.
“The community coming together helping them monetarily and with clothes and with prayers. It has just been overwhelming,” Freeman said.
Ken Sumner is a family friend and wanted to be here for them during this difficult time. He met Jimmy during civil war reenactments.
“He started participating as an infantry man, carrying a musket and then over the years becoming married and having children. We watched the children grow up from the last 11 or 12 years,” Sumner said.
Sumner was in disbelief when he heard what happened.
“I am sorry, gave sadness, at their loss of Jamie because Jamie was like one of ours,” he said.
As the family heals, they have a home to move into, but still need household items. With more than $13,000 worth of donations pouring in, Freeman is thankful.
“Anything is so appreciated at this point in time. Just very humbled by the out reach of the community,” Freeman said.
If you’re interested in helping the family you can contact Silverdale Baptist Church, or you can go to their GoFundMe page.
Jamie’s funeral will be on Tuesday, January 9, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Hixson.