Family and Friends Remember Scott Deahl, the Man Killed by Massive Lewisville Gas Explosion

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On Friday afternoon, a leaking natural gas line exploded, leveling a duplex along Main Street in Lewisville and cracking windows more than a mile away.

Three people were injured in the blast. Two of those were firefighters who were treated at the scene and released. The third was 55-year-old duplex resident Scott Deahl, who was taken off of life support on Sunday.

The leveled home was owned by Christian Community Actions, a nonprofit aimed at helping people get back on their feet. That's what Diehl was attempting to do. At a public remembrance this morning, CCA president and CEO Ron Batts read from a prepared statement and passed along a note written by Diehl back in May in which he described the downward spiral of drugs and alcohol that began after he was put on disability in 2004. He lost his family and his home and turned to CCA for help paying bills and, eventually, housing.

In February 2012, isolated and worried about losing his benefits, Diehl attempted suicide.

"On one hand I cut 4 or 5 times. The other hand 8 or 9 times," he wrote. "The blood kept stopping so after 3 hours I called the ambulance. While in the hospital I was joined by 2 people in prayer. This is part of my story. Now I'm trying to walk the path with God by doing some volunteer work with CCA, hoping to find my way in life."

Diehl leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter and two sisters, who issued a statement thanking CCA and expressing faith that others will learn from their brother's struggle for redemption.

"As sad as we are to have lost Scott so suddenly in this way, these are the things we want people to know and remember about him," they wrote. "We rejoice in the fact that He is now with the Lord. This gives us great peace and carries us through this time."

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"Who gives a shit? He was just some Christian asshole from Lewisville. I bet he was a Republican too. Suburbs - YUCK!"

- paraphrasing "SuperfuzzBigmuff" from the comments at the original article.


"The Twitter feeds -- or one of them at least -- were funny, a way to process what was a bizarre and frightening situation. But eventually one has to come to terms with the fact that the man in the crane is a human being who is deeply troubled, not a subplot on some police procedural. Not everyone did.

The voyeuristic enjoyment of another's suffering is not a product of social media, though undoubtedly there will some obligatory hand-wringing over whether the platform makes us assholes. But it can, as this case shows, become the town square where people gather to watch the hangman do his work."


@libtardshit I didn't read the original post you're referring to but, you've got to be drunk to be posting this about someone you might not know anything about.  I don't know this man either but politics have nothing to do with his situation.  


@libtardshit your reading comprehension is quite poor if that's what you took out of my comments.


@1dailyreader @libtardshit here's a hint, it never mentioned Christians or Republicans or called him (or anyone else) an asshole.

It was simply questioning why the *Dallas* Observer feels the need to cover stories in Lewisville. If people gave a damn what happened in Lewisville there would be a Lewisville Observer.


@SuperfuzzBigmuff  Don't you have better things to worry about? Like making sure you wear a condom while having a threesome with other Gay men you met in a chat room?

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