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  • Moment of Silence for the Victims of the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

    by Senator Bill Cassidy

    Posted on 2015-04-20

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    CASSIDY. Madam President, 5 years ago today, 11 Americans were lost when the Deepwater Horizon exploded off the gulf coast. I would like to name them. This is hard. These were the people we grew up with. I apologize for being emotional, but these are our neighbors, and so to remember them--Jason Anderson 35, Midfield, TX. Jason had two kids, and his wife Shelley said that Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday.

    Aaron Dale ``Bubba'' Burkeen, 37, of Philadelphia, MS. He passed on his wedding anniversary and 4 days before his birthday. He was married with two children.

    Donald Clark, 49, of Newellton, LA. Husband to Sheila with four kids. He was a fisherman. To honor him on the anniversary of his death, his family says a prayer and releases balloons over a lake in his favorite color, which is sky blue.

    Stephen Ray Curtis, 40, of Georgetown, LA. Stephen was married and the father of two teenagers.

    Gordon Jones of Baton Rouge, LA. Gordon was 28. His wife was Michelle. His son Max was born 3 weeks after Gordon passed. An oak tree was planted on the LSU campus on the path where he ran.

    Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, of Jonesville, LA. He was married to Courtney and father of one child.

    Karl Kleppinger, Jr., 38, of Natchez, MS. He was a veteran of the first gulf war and the father of one.

    Keith Blair Manuel, 56, of Gonzales, LA. Keith had three daughters, was a big fan of LSU sports, and had football and basketball season tickets.

    Dewey A. Revette, 48, of State Line, MS. His wife was Sherri. They had been married for 26 years.

    Shane M. Roshto, 22, of Liberty, MS. He was the youngest of the men who died. His wife was Natalie, and his son is Blaine.

    Adam Weise, 24, of Yorktown, TX. Adam drove 10 hours to Louisiana every 3 weeks to work on the rig. He was a high school football star and spent his off time hunting and fishing.

    We pray that the families find peace in the memories of their sons, husbands, and fathers.

    The spill was the worst in our Nations's history, and while the consequences of this spill are still seen, it is our task to live forward and, in so doing, honor the memory of these men and provide a better future for their families.

    Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that there be a moment of silence to honor their memory.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    (Moment of silence.) Mr. CASSIDY. Thank you, Madam President.

    I yield the floor.

    I suggest the absence of a quorum.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

    The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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