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Dayton Strong Stories: She’s thankful for the friend she found in the storm

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 4:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 4:54 PM

Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Billi Ewing is pictured. Ewing and her family survived the Memorial Day tornadoes in Trotwood and were helped by others. She holds a piece of her home.
Amelia Robinson
Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Billi Ewing is pictured. Ewing and her family survived the Memorial Day tornadoes in Trotwood and were helped by others. She holds a piece of her home.(Amelia Robinson)

Brain tumor survivor Billi Ewing says she didn’t have time for a full prayer before a tornado came for her house and those around it. 

The life-long Trotwood resident is counting her blessings and thanking the strangers who became friends after the storms passed. 

Hear her story in the podcast above.

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This audio recording is part of a partnership between Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, Dayton.com 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. 

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Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Dayton's talked about the Oregon District mass shooting and the Memorial Day tornadoes.(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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