The community of Brock helped out one of their own with a benefit fish fry dinner and silent auction to support Assistant Fire Chief Jack Nixon and his family.After working a shift for the Brock-Dennis Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Eve, Nixon woke in the early morning hours with severe stomach pain and was soon on his way to a Weatherford hospital.Doctors diagnosed his illness as acute pancreatitis – a severe disease with no known cure."They weren’t expecting him to make it," Nixon’s wife, Johnnie, said.Chief Travis Scrimshire, a paramedic himself and a friend of Nixon for five years, did not think Nixon would survive initially either."I figured we would be burying him," Scrimshire said. "The fact that he’s where he is today is a miracle."Over the next few months, Nixon traveled to other hospitals in the area including Regency and Baylor All Saints for different operations, never getting to go back home.Not long after the community found out about Nixon’s illness, friends from school sports teams and the fire department began planning a fundraiser to provide for the costs of the surgeries and long stay in the hospitals.The fire department immediately supported it and provided the venue and food while the family also participated.Scrimshire said at least 300 members of the community would probably attend, giving donations and participating in the auctions."I think this might outdo our other fundraisers," said Cheryl Smith, the fire department’s secretary, organizer of the event and mother of a schoolmate of Nixon’s son. "I know this community; Brock has always been supportive of the fire department."Scrimshire said probably 80 percent of those in attendance did not know Nixon personally but still wanted to help."This community is wonderful, the support we’ve had," Johnnie said. "You couldn’t ask for a better group of people."Residents of the community provided all the silent auction items – including Rangers tickets, gift cards, frames and more – as well as desserts that were auctioned off.The Nixon family also designed T-shirts to sell that said courage and had a Bible verse on the back. Before the evening ended, many of the Brock residents wore the red, white or pink shirts to show their support.Members of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department, where Nixon also served, attended the event as well as members of other fire departments.A Carter Blood Care bus came so people could donate blood. Scrimshire said a fellow firefighter had suggested that as a way to replenish the banks that provided blood for Nixon’s many transfusions over the last few months.Nixon is currently back at Regency waiting for his body to recover enough strength for one more surgery. He is again able to communicate and speak with his family and friends that visit and call.Scrimshire said now all they can do is wait for him to recover."He’s come a long way," Nixon’s brother Tom said. "But he has a long way to go."