An unthinkable tragedy struck Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018. An active shooter slaughtered seventeen students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. U.S. Navy veteran Chris Hixon heroically ran unarmed toward the school’s freshman building to disarm the shooter. The shooter ultimately shot and killed the school athletic director as he attempted to shield students from oncoming bullets.

“Chris was an extraordinary person living an ordinary life,” said his widow, Debbi Hixon.

Hixon is survived by Debbi and their two sons, Thomas, a Marine Corps Reserve Officer, and Corey, a special-needs young man who appeared regularly with his father at MSD sporting events. A 27-year Navy veteran, Chris bravely served his country in the Persian Gulf as a Machinist’s mate First Class during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He then served more than two decades in the Reserves. Following his death, he received Military Funeral Honors and was laid to rest at the age of 49 at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL, on Feb. 21, 2018.

Military Makeover Returns the Hixon Family’s Service and Sacrifice

Military Makeover is proud to carry out a very special top-to-bottom renovation of the Hixon’s Hollywood, Fla., home. Not only did Chris and Debbi live together in the home for 28 years, but Debbi grew up in the home. The series partners with major national and local companies to help with building supplies, designs, furniture, gifts and much more from the generous partnerships cultivated by the show. The series also enlists local companies from the community who donate goods and services. Additionally, many local volunteers are eager to participate and lend a hand in support of the family.

The daughter of a Navy Veteran, Debbi has been a teacher for 30 years. She currently serves as a Magnet Coordinator at South Broward High School’s Marine Science Maritime Magnet Program.

“He loved being American and serving his country, and he instilled it in his students,” Debbi said about Chris.