Donations collected for Hale Co. family after mother dies in fire

GREENSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) – A young, single mother was killed in a fire early Monday morning, but not before rescuing her three children.  The fire broke out sometime around 4:00 a.m. while 29 year-old Melissa Rabon and her kids were sleeping.  Investigators have still not determined a cause.  The children are all boys, ranging from 2 to 12 years-old.  They are now living with their grandmother, Mentha Rabon.

“It’s hard, you know?” Rabon says. “Sometimes I wake up, and I think she’s still here.”

The family was unable to salvage anything in the fire. The boys came to their grandmother’s home with nothing but the clothing on their backs.

“They lost their mother, their primary caregiver,” says Hale County EMA Director, Russell Weeden. “So we can hopefully replace some of their toys, clothes, that kind of stuff.  We can never replace their mother.”

Weeden, along with several other first-responders, has been working to collect donations for the Rabon family. “We’re going to try to get as much as we can for these kids because it’s not just a short-term situation,’ says Weeden.  “It’s going to be a long-term recovery for these kids and what they had to go through that morning.”

Melissa leaves behind sons: Jaylon Rabon, 12, O’brien Ward Jr, 7, and Marshawn Rabon, 2. Mentha Rabon says she had some of the boys’ things, but for the most part, feels as though she is starting over as a new parent.

Several fire stations including Northport Fire Rescue and the Berry Fire Department are currently accepting donations for the children. “The response has been overwhelming,” says Captain Jason Norris with Northport Fire and Rescue.  “Today, in fact, we received a package mailed here to station four from Montgomery.  One of our guys that lives in Greensboro has already taken a lot of donations down there.”

Donations are still needed, however. The sizes for the children as listed as:

-2 year old (size 2-3T and 7.5 shoe)

-7 year old (size 8-10 and shoe 4)

-12 year old (size 12-14 and shoe 8)

Donations can be dropped off at Northport Fire Rescue Station #4 on Rose Boulevard in Northport.

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The Hale County EMA has also set up a fund at two banks in Greensboro in the family’s name.  Those monetary donations will go towards funeral costs and in purchasing items for the three boys.


Those locations are the People’s Bank of Greensboro and The Citizens Bank.

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