4/28/2010 1:05:00 PM
Dale Burkeen, left, with his father, Roger Burkeen, center, and cousin Claudie Embry
Neshoba man who died in oil rig blast was lowering crew to boats (click title to entry - thank you)
By DEBBIE BURT MYERS
Dale Burkeen was a crane operator on the massive oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last Tuesday night and was trained to lower crew members to boats in such an emergency.
One hundred and fifteen workers escaped the inferno in the five minutes or so they had to evacuate, but Burkeen and 10 other men died.
Aaron Dale Burkeen, 37, of the Sandtown community, was remembered this week as faithful father, a hard worker, an avid outdoorsman and a good friend who showed compassion to those in need, even strangers.
It was Burkeen's responsibly to get his crew off of the rig and that's exactly what he did, family members said.
Another Philadelphia man, Stenson Roark, was on the rig and escaped, The New York Times reported....
I haven't been able to turn up anything under Mr. Roark's name at the archives of the NYTs.