Life is fragile. I don’t think I need to remind you of that fact. For all our smarts and abilities to wage war and make Kevlar vests and blow up stuff and make $62 million dollars a day like BP, we still are fragile beings. What time is it? Your time? My time? In all of the hubbub about who’s going to pay what and when and “ass kicking” targets and new Hi-Def video from the floor of the Gulf a quiet simple fact floats quietly in the air almost unnoticed. 11 fragile human beings were killed 50 miles out in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico when the huge floating Deep Water Horizon drilling rig blew up and sank. These were the type of workers that lived hard and played hard and seemed indestructible, yet as human beings, they were fragile. They are no more. They leave behind families and friends who are now deprived of their presence, their humor and their varied outlooks on life. Today, remember them, remember our own fragile lives and go out today and make difference.
Rest In Peace
The eleven crew members who died during the April 20 explosion; 115 were rescued.
Jason Anderson, 35, toolpusher, of Midfield, Texas. He and his wife Shelley have two children.
Dale Burkeen, 37, a crane operator from outside Philadelphia. He and wife, Rhonda, have two children.
Donald Clark, 49, assistant driller, of Newellton, La. He and his wife, Sheila, have four children.
Stephen Curtis, 39, assistant driller, of Georgetown, La. He and his wife Nancy have two children.
Gordon Jones, 28, mud engineer, of near Baton Rouge, La. He left behind a pregnant wife, Michelle, and a son.
Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, assistant driller, of Jonesville, La. He and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters
Karl Kleppinger, 38, floorhand, of Natchez, Miss. He left behind his wife, Tracy, and a 17-year-old son.
Dewey Revette, 48, driller, of State Line, Miss. He and his wife, Sherri, have two children.
Shane Roshto, 22, roustabout, of Franklin County, Miss. He left behind his wife, Natalie.
Adam Weise, 24, floorhand, of Yorktown, Texas. He was not married.