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

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library.  Thomas Alig is pictured.  Alig's son, nieces an a nephew were in the Oregon District the night of the mass shooting that claimed nine lives.
Amelia Robinson
Dayton area resident shared stories of survival as part of the Dayton Strong Storytelling Sessions recorded at the Dayton Metro Library. Thomas Alig is pictured. Alig's son, nieces an a nephew were in the Oregon District the night of the mass shooting that claimed nine lives.(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.

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

>> PODCAST: Struggle, survival and strength: Dayton shares stories from year of terror

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

>> HEAR MORE STORIES IN THIS SERIES

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.