On Tuesday, April 3, Weeden's home on Crawford Road was destroyed by fire.
Dryden Fire Dept. Secretary Amy Barger reported that Weeden was asleep in an upstairs bedroom when the fire started, sometime before 12:35 p.m.
Though initially trapped upstairs, he was able to escape the flames and smoke from an upper-level balcony.
The family's new puppy was also spared when Weeden dropped the animal from the balcony into the waiting arms of police officers.
A seven-year veteran of the Dryden Twp. Fire Dept., Weeden had breathed in a great deal of smoke but did not require medical treatment.
Barger said Dryden firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Almont, Attica and Addison fire departments.
"It was a total loss," she said. "Dale and his family can use a lot of help right now. We're hoping the community will turn out to support the family."
Dryden Fire Dept. officials stressed that Weeden and his family are in need of donations to help them through the next several months of hardship.
"They will need clothing, food, shelter, etc., as the house is uninhabitable," said fire officials. "Dale is a person of integrity and has donated much of his time to his community."
They noted any size donation is appreciated. "There is no donation that is too small."
Barger added that a 'Go Fund Me' page has also been set up for people wishing to make online donations.
For more information, call the Dryden Fire Hall at 810-796-3050.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.