Another Mississippi Burning





My dear friend Deedy Salie lost her home in Mississippi yesterday. Deedy is a Gold Star wife. Her husband, David, was killed in Afghanistan. Long-time readers of the blog will remember that I wrote often of Deedy during 2005-2007. It was Joe Galloway who first introduced us to one another.

Here’s the story about the house fire from Deedy:


The kids and I are ok. We just got back from my Mom’s place in Meridian. We came back today and went straight to my brother’s house because we had family in from Fl. My nephew is a dispatcher for AAA and called me, “Aunt Deedy, are you home?” I told him no and he said he just got a call that your house is on fire. I started laughing and said, “ok, whatever Austin!” He said “NO!!!!!!! AUNT DEEDY I JUST GOT A CALL FOR 8 BARDING LANE!!!!!! YOUR HOUSE!!!” I yelled and Chyna to get in the truck and HURRY! We didn’t tell anyone we were even leaving. I live 3 miles from my brother and by the time I got there, doing 80 on back roads” the right side of the house was GONE. I ran to the porch and busted the window the the computer room where the safe is. David’s ashes and his flag were in there and I had to get them out. I got a couple small cuts, but it was too hot to get in. A volunteer fireman was throwing on his suit and asked what I was trying to get. I told him and that man went in that burning house and got David and his flag out! I did have to go to the ER. I started to freak, obviously, and before I know it I had people all around me waking me up. I passed out and then the panic attack started. They gave me meds and I’m “ok” now, but not if that makes sense. The house is a total loss, but my babies are fine and that’s whAt really matters. Thanks for all the love, prayers and support……I sure do need them. I’m just wondering how much more I can take.


One of the men from David’s company has set up a GOFUNDME account for the Salie family.  Deedy confirmed that the account was legit and that she would receive the funds. If you are able to help this family, please do so.

Thank you all for supporting this family.

And please, remember praying isn’t the least thing you can do for them. Prayer is the most you can do.


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Karen Spears Zacharias

Author/Journalist/Educator. Gold Star Daughter.


Kathleen M. Rodgers

about 9 years ago

Hi Karen, This story touches my soul on so many levels. I am an Air Force wife turned Army mom with a son currently deployed to a combat zone. My heart goes out to Deedy and her children. God Bless that fireman who went in and reduces her hero's ashes and his flag. Blessings, Kathleen


Karen Spears Zacharias

about 9 years ago

Thank you Kathleen. We will continue to pray for your son and for all those who are fighting in combat zones in every country.


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