That’s what Paul Gaskins called the five men who lost their lives Sunday at the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown.
Paul Gaskins is from Holly Ridge, NC. He will go home today wondering why he wasn’t the sixth man to lose his life on Sunday. He will probably wonder that for the rest of his life. Because, as Gaskins told NBC Connecticut‘s Debra Bogstie on our 11pm news Monday night, he was just 50 feet away from the victims when the place blew up.
Very good men. Indeed.
Chris Walters was a very good man. We heard from his widow. Walters had to go where the work is to support his family. Three kids. So he left their suburban St. Louis, MO home for a temporary job in Connecticut. He was just 48.
Ray Dobratz and Ron Crabb were very good men. Family men. Dobratz served on the Old Saybrook Board of Police Commissioners because he was asked. He coached all kinds of sports because he wanted to. He was 58. Crabb served on Colchester’s Finance Board. He didn’t run again so he could spend more time with his family. His time was up at the age of 42.
We don’t know much yet about Peter Chepulis of Thomaston and Roy Rushton of Hamilton, Ontario. But Paul Gaskins called them very good men.
Very good men. The United Association Local 777 Plumbers and Pipefitters union.
Very good men, indeed.