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We invite you to share condolences for the five victims who died in the Kleen Energy power plant explosion in Middletown, CT, on February 7, 2010.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Feb. 7, 2010.
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March 15, 2016
My prayers are with y'all. God hears when you call Ps 141:1
June 15, 2012
KATHY & BUDDY BARNETT
April 18, 2010
To all the families who lost loved ones and of injured workers in the Kleen Energy tragedy, my heart felt condolences. May the strengh of famliy and friends help to ease your pain during this time of incredible sorrow. And, my the memories shared with colleagues, family and friends always warm your hearts. God Bless, Deborah Kleckowski-Middletown Common Council
March 10, 2010
My prayers are with the familes and friends of the lost and anyone suffereing as a result of this this terrible explosion. May find strength in God and joy in the memories of your loved ones-Sara Cromwell,CT
March 1, 2010
No words can describe the empty feeling of losing a love one. I only hope and pray that the good Lord will help fill the void in your hearts.
Jaime Valdivia U.A. Local 398 Pomona, Ca.
Jaime Valdivia
February 27, 2010
im sorry for the loss of life here and hope that all trades unite to build this memorial powerplant.jesse and abby kilgore.boilermaker local 237
jesse kilgore
February 21, 2010
to renault, i was in school (fordson high school) on that horible day and remember seeing how devestated u were my thought go out to u and your family
randa mouhanna
February 18, 2010
thanks to all the people who pray for our lost-loved ones!!! Matt Dobratz son of Ray 1-860-662-1398 he would be proud!
matt dobratz
February 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and injured as well as their families. As the old adage goes,God works in strange ways. May you all feel comfort in your time of grief knowing you are in the thoughts and prayers of more people than anyone could ever imagine. Stay strong.
Joseph F. Faraci, Jr.
February 18, 2010
Godspeed, powerplant guys. We're getting ready to build 3 of these gasburners in NC and I can only hope we'll learn from what happened at Middletown. I've been building and operating big coalburners for 30 years. I've seen 6 fatalities in that time and I know life can change in a matter of seconds.
G Williamson
February 18, 2010
May god be with those who lost there life's and with the love ones left behind, wish you all gods speed. POB,local 131
Patrick O'Brien
February 15, 2010
I worked in Middletown in the 1980's. I worked there while the Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was still running. I worked during one outage at CY. It is a Great Area with many Wonderful People and I am so sorry something like this had to happen. I pray God's Blessing on the families of the dead and injured. Matt Trimble
Matthew Trimble
February 15, 2010
Only God knows why these things happen. We may never know and if we did it would not change anything. My prayers and great sorrow are with the families of those injured and killed in the blast.

Turn to God for comfort
Wally Wise
February 13, 2010
I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the families that lost their loved ones from this tragic accident. May happy memories help you through this difficult time.
DJ
February 12, 2010
I WAS THERE JUST BEFORE THE EXPLOSION AND TALKED WITH RAY AND BRUCE .I'LL NOT FORGET THE SMILE'S ON THERE FACE'S AND THE JOKE'S WE MADE AS WE CHANGED SHIFT'S.THESE MEN WORKED HARD FOR THERE FAMILY'S AND TREATED EVERYONE WELL.MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY'S AND FRIENDS .I'LL NOT FORGET THEM OR THIS DAY,AND THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND HEAVEN JUST GOT SOME REALLY GOOD ANGELS.TO ALL THE OTHER BROTHER'S STILL HERE ,MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO YOU HAVE MY NUMBER.BE YOUR BROTHERS KEEPER AS HE WILL BE YOUR'S.
BRUCE EMORY
February 12, 2010
Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to all of the family members of the men whose lives were lost. May you be guided by your Higher Power in the days ahead.
Blakely Family
February 12, 2010
A special thought to all of you who lost some one dear to you. May time ease your pain and bring peace to your hearts.
Bea
February 12, 2010
To the families of the CT Power plant victims:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let your memories and the scriptures bring you hope.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.

Job 14:14, 15 If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, Until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.

Psalm 147:3 He is healing the brokenhearted ones, And is binding up their painful spots.
Greg Richardson
February 11, 2010
Our deepest sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones.
As I look across the river to the lights on the hill....it is a different sort of light that we had gotten used to seeing. No blinking red lights on the towers, just brightness and deep shadows.
But high in the sky there are now some very special stars....to look down upon the workers of the different trade unions, to keep them safe, to guide their hands. Blessings to those who work so hard to build our country every day, unseen, and until something tragic happens, just a construction worker.....not a face to go with a name.

A Portland Neighbor
February 11, 2010
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February 11, 2010
May God give you the strength and courage to go on with life after this terrible accident. My condolences to ALL the family members of each of the families. May God Bless each and everyone of you. Rest in peace my dear fellow Americans.
James Millsaps
February 11, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family members of those that were lost and or injured in this horrible accident.

I work for a construction pulication and know how hard these guys work and if not for these workers none of us would have a place to work ourselves.
God Bless all of the families.
Tom Romano
February 11, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragic accident. I worked with Chris Walters in the early 90's at the WSSRAP in St. Charles, MO. He was always pleasant to work with and always had something nice to say. He was a loving husband and a devoted father. I pray his family can find comfort and peace in their memories during this time of sorrow.
Sherryl Rae Craig
February 11, 2010
To Each of the Families of the Powerplant Victims:

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of such great loss and grief.
B & E Santoro
February 11, 2010
On behalf of the Union Safety Representatives from IAMAW Local Lodge 700 we would like to offer our condolences to the family members
Peter Chetulis of Thomaston, CT
Ronald J. Crabb of Colchester, CT
Raymond Dobratz of Old Saybrook, CT
Roy Rushton of Ontario Canada
Chris Walters of Florssant, Mo.
Our deepest sympathy and regrets also go out to their co-workers, friends union brothers and sisters.
Paul Dickes
February 11, 2010
"Our whole community feels your loss. God Bless you all!
C Lewis
February 11, 2010
At times like this we always can always find comfort in the Bible . I have always found comfort at 2Corinthians 1:3,4.
Thelma Johnson
February 11, 2010
My sincere condolences go to the workers and their familys in this time of suffering, I knew Peter from being employed at Bridgeport Energy, one heck of a great person. Stay strong
Jim Meraviglia
February 11, 2010
Our whole community feels your loss. God Bless you all.
Carol & Ronny
February 11, 2010
May God grant all the families who have been affected by the power house accident mental & physical strength, faith, & encouragement & hope in this hour of your need.
R Sellers
February 11, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and co-workers of those who died in this tragic explosion.
Bob & Kathy Sumislaski
February 10, 2010
As a former employee of Connecticut Pipetrades for many years, I share in your pain and sorrow. God bless those affected by this tragedy.
Caroline Malatesta
February 10, 2010
I would like to express my deepest sadness and condolences to our fellow brothers who lost thier lives in the power house accident in CT.
Member Local 290 Portland OR
John Dumas
February 10, 2010
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the union guys, co-workers, friends and family of the victims, may your hearts be strong and comforted by your faith.
February 10, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of this tragic accident, I pray for all the victims, their families and all the injured.
Catherine Hegarty
February 10, 2010
As a retired member of UA Local 777, I express my deepest sympathies to the families of the proud tradesmen who lost their lives in this tragic accident. i also pray for the speedy recovery of the injured workers.
Mark Sullivan
February 10, 2010
As a retired member of UA Local 777 , I express my deepest sympathies to the families of these proud tradesmen who lost their lives in this tragic accident. I also pray for a speedy recovery of all the injured workers.
Mark Sullivan
February 10, 2010
My heart goes out to the families and friends of those workers lost at the power plant. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Maureen A Connecticut Resident
February 10, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Carolyn & Fred Simshauser
February 10, 2010
So sorry to learn of the loss of these people at the plant. Sincere condolences to their families. This is very sad! Suzanne and Dennis Manion, Bloomfield NJ
February 10, 2010
May all the families of the victims find peace within, My husband just happened to not be on the job that day, he knew and worked closely to all those who have perished and been injured. May God be with the men who wittnessed the tragedy and need to go on, my prayers are with all of you as you comfort each other, as you are all victims in many ways.
Laural Maurer
February 10, 2010
My Thoughts and Prayers are with your families. God Bless
Chris Stevens, Indianapolis, Indiana
February 10, 2010
We want to express our sympathy for the relatives of the men who were killed during the explosion of the Kleen Energy power plant and also to all the co-workers who were on the job at that time. - Claudia Mosca and Albert Mosca, 1134 River Road, Middletown, CT.
Claudia Mosca
February 10, 2010
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to all the victims of this terrible explosion and their families.
Dirk Schiffer, 47, safety engineer
February 10, 2010
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
ROSEANNE SCOTT
February 10, 2010
I work at the NRG Power Plant down the road. All power plant workers are sisters and brothers. God bless and comfort the dead and comfort those who carry on the task of cleaning up the debris and rebuilding the plant. Dave.
February 10, 2010
To all the families of this tragedy remember that unforseen occurences befall us all. But you all are in God love.
J Norwood
February 9, 2010
My sincere condolences to all the families and survivors of the explosion. From a 20 year member of 777( retired ) now living in Oregon. The sad news has traveled far. Best wishes to everyone, Ollie Bassett
Ollie Bassett
February 9, 2010
My co-workers and I offer our depest sympathies to the workers and their families who were affected by this terrible accident.
Ray Desjarlais(Calpine Monterey Cogeneration Facility,Watsonville, California)
February 9, 2010
You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
Billie
February 9, 2010
When tragedy strikes and such a terrible accident takes the lives of our loved ones, many cry out with great sorrow. Your tears are not unnoticed by Our Heavenly Father. Although your deep pain will not easily disappear, prayer to God will bring comfort to you as you grieve. The Bible assures us God "is healing the broken hearted ones, and is binding up their painful spot." Psalm 147:3 Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Sympathetic Neighbor
February 9, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Tucker/Henry Family
February 9, 2010
God Bless everyone who was on site that day, whether working in the morning and looking forward to the Super Bowl, or later in the day to try and pick up the pieces. May God, family and friends aid in your grieving and healing process. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark & Delores Morgano
February 9, 2010
To the entire Dobratz family, our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you during your loss. Ray did so much for his family and the community. He will always be remembered for all he did and all the people he touched.

The Albino Family, Meriden Ct.
Tony and Doris Albino
February 9, 2010
my condolences to the families of these workers my heart and prayers go out to you all.
thomas bush
February 9, 2010
As a mother who lost 2 sons at an early age, may I say how very much I feel your pain and loss. May our heavenly Father grant you strength and courage as you face the days ahead. Be mindful of his love and hope in the resurrection, his son, Jesus , paid the price for them.
You are all in my prayers.
Concetta Cembruch
February 9, 2010
God bless you all. My condolences to all of the family, friends and co-workers.
Bill Lewis
February 9, 2010
To the families of those who died on Sunday, February 7, 2010,

I pray you have the strength and the support of family and friends as you travel this journey of grief.

I understand and feel your pain, as my husband was killed on the Quinnipiac job, Hamden, CT, on November 13, 2009.

Take life one moment at a time, don't expect anything of yourself except to grieve, and know that you are not alone.
God Bless All of You
Linda Borovicka
February 9, 2010
I offer condolence to all these construction workers and their families. I worked a career in the construction and feel a bond to all those that lost their lives in this accident. Thomas R Smith - Fluor Const Management Retired.
Thomas R Smith
February 9, 2010
My thoughts and support to all the hard working people , their family and friends affected by the Middle Town tragedy.Patrick A. Stanulonis I.B.E.W. Local 90
Patrick Stanulonis
February 9, 2010
My brothers and sisters will be in my family's thoughts and prayers. Hope for a speedy recovery for those injured. Bill Dorin Windham nh and local 537 Boston ma
February 9, 2010
I send my sincere sympathy to the fallen men, their families and everyone who is dealing with this tragedy. I worked with maney of the members during my time at Millstone back in the 80s.

Bob Scruggs
LU 636 Detroit Mi.
Robert Scruggs
February 9, 2010
I send my sincere sympathy to the fallen men, their families and everyone who is dealing with this tragedy. I worked with maney of the members during my time at Millstone back in the 80s.

Bob
LU 636 Detroit Mi.
February 9, 2010
Thought and Prayer for all involved !
God's Grace never fails - may you know that, at this special time.
Elle Smith Fagan
February 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. May they find comfort in knowing that others care and although we didn't know their loved ones we are deeply saddened by this tragic loss.
Carol and Dave Mathews
February 9, 2010
I send my sincere sympathy to the fallen men, their families and everyone who is dealing with this tragedy. I hope the injured feel better soon and get plenty of rest that they deserve. I feel sad for the men that work these long hours to provide for their families. This news has really hit me hard, especially since my husband worked at the plant for a few days last month. I can't even begin to imagine what everyone is going through.
C Sullivan
February 9, 2010
My heart goes out to all the families, friends and co-workers of the men lost in the explosion. I know they were a close group of men as my brother-in-law is a pipefitter and was there on Sunday and I know he is devastated by the loss of such good men and is heart-broken for their families. I hope that your memories and time will help ease the heartache. Know that there are people all over the country who are praying for you to help you through this terrible tragedy.
Norma S
February 9, 2010
My heart breaks for the guy's who lost their lives and for their families, yet it also shines for the lives saved and for their families. We came close to losing you Notso, and the boys and me thank god we didnt. My prayers are with all the brothers and sisters of Local 777
Kellie Harrison
February 9, 2010
I pray to God, that the families be comforted in this difficult times and have peace as they lost their loved one.
May there souls rest in peace.
Priya M
February 9, 2010
Our sincere condolences go out to all the families that are suffering as a result of this horrible tragedy.
The Maucieri family
February 9, 2010
My profound thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you that lost a loved, were injured in the blast, or working in the plant. I am the wife of a pipefitter,welder who works in power plants all the time and it has always been my nightmare that this would happen to him. It should never happen to anyone, but it unfortunately does. These men are more than co-workers, they become like family and no matter how it happens it is always a tragedy to lose a family member. Our family will forever keep you in our thoughts and prayers that you will all find peace in your hearts knowing that there are lots of people out here mourning with you. C. Rangel, TX
February 9, 2010
My heart breaks for the men that were lost and for their families,yet shines for the lives that were saved and their
families. We came close to loosing you notso... The boy's and me thank god we didn't. Our hearts and prayers are with you local 777.

Kellie East Lyme CT
February 9, 2010
My deepest condolances to the families of my friends and brothers. Big Pete I'll ride again with you someday.Ronnie was was one of the nicest guys i had the pleasue of working with. RIP-GBNF.till we meet again.
Larry Strickland
February 9, 2010
I want to send out my prayers to those who lost loved one's this past Sunday. May God give them comfort though this most difficult time.
Bill
February 9, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Cheryl
February 9, 2010
I grew up with Ron Crabb and his brother in Illinois, Ron was one of my best friends. Reading about him in the Courant newspaper article, it sounds like he made the same impact on people who knew him in Conneticut as he made on all who knew him here in Illinois. He was a great guy who always smiled and lived life to its fullest. He will be greatly missed by all. God bless his family.
Jack Ries
February 9, 2010
I am a safety manager for a engineering & construction company in south florida. We specialize in powerplants co-gen, fossil fuel & solar energy. My sincere condolences go out to all the families that have and will suffer as a result of this horrible tragedy. This may not give much comfort, but as a result of this tragedy, I will train and educate my employees as well as others to recognize and prevent this type of accident from happening again. May GOD be with you and GOD speed to your lost. Jeremy L. Barker/ Lauren Engineers & Constructors
Jeremy Barker
February 9, 2010
As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From Salupen Family OF Seymour,CT
KAREN SALUPEN
February 9, 2010
May it be a source of inner strength to know that there's a LOVING GOD wathing over them and that, throughout this time of need He'll stay close by your side.
Sharon Freeman
February 9, 2010
We send our sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of all the victims of the explosion and those that have been injured. We were very saddened to learn that one of our long-time American Society of Safety Engineers' members from Missouri Chris Walters lost his life in the explosion. We send much sympathy to his wife, children and friends and to know that he will be greatly missed.
Sincerely, the American Society of Safety Engineers
Diane Hurns
February 9, 2010
My thoughts are with all who suffer after such a tragic of family and friends.I am a vocalist from tolland ct. It would be an honor for me to send your loved one home with a wonderful rendition of AMAZING GRACE IF THAT WOULD HELP.My name is dennis nevin and i live in tolland ct .My e mail adress is ddennisnevin@gmail.com.Your familes will be in my famlies prayers.I can be reached by phone 860 2184711. THANKYOU AND GOBLESS.
DENNIS NEVIN
February 9, 2010
Our Deepest simpathy and condolences to the Crabb family. My husband and I both have worked with Ron and found him to be funny, smart and hard working. My husband remebers the jokes and fun he had with him on the New Haven Cancer Center job. I wish all the families affected by the losses our deepest condolences and we are praying for all of you. Those 5 strong, dependable, couragous, funny, polite and hardworking men were all the most pleasurable to work with and will be extremely missed. Love and Prayers too all involved.
God Bless.
Mary & Jon a.k.a. "Lumpy"
IUPAT Local 11
Mary & Jon
February 9, 2010
To the famlies of those who suffered loss in the explosion my deepest sympathy goes out to you. One goes to work you look forward to their return
(James 4:14)but the Bible holds out a hope for all (Acts 24:15)and God gives the comfort and peace we need in time
grief and sorrow.
HG
February 9, 2010
Our Deepest simpathy and condolences to the Crabb family. My husband and I both have worked with Ron and found him to be funny, smart and hard working. My husband remebers the jokes and fun he had with him on the New Haven Cancer Center job. I wish all the families affected by the losses our deepest condolences and we are praying for all of you. Those 5 strong, dependable, couragous, funny, polite and hardworking men were all the most pleasurable to work with and will be extremely missed. Love and Prayers too all involved.
God Bless.
Mary & Jon a.k.a. "Lumpy"
Mary & Jon Carver
February 9, 2010
I am so sorry that this accident happened and I hope that you will find the strength and love to get through this tragedy.
Ann Snow
February 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 5 victims, as well as with those who were injured. Kenny, you are with us everyday and I pray for a full recovery. Lisa and Joey, you are thought of more than you know. People are here for you every step of the way. Keep positive and remember you are loved.
Jenn Lyford
February 9, 2010
My condolences to the families of the victims. May the Bible's wonderful promises for the future bring you comfort in the days ahead. (John 5:28 & 29)
Lynn
February 9, 2010
We are so very saddened by this tragedy and the loss of five brave souls. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.
Melissa
February 9, 2010
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Pat Tucker
February 9, 2010
Paula,Eric,Dave,Matt,
Words aren't enough to say how so sorry i am for your loss.Ray was the most caring and funny person i have ever had the priveledge to meet in my life.He will very much missed.love you all.
Donna Ladner
February 9, 2010
Our deepest condolences go out to the Dobratz family and other victims of this horrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with you.
Stacey and David Schiavone
Stacey and David Schiavone
February 9, 2010
Dear Paula, Erik, David & Matt,

I am so sorry and sad about the loss of Raym. He was a very special part of our family and he will always be in our hearts. I hope all the wonderful memories you have of him will help you through this very sad time. We love you all.
Carrie, Kevin, Kailey and Erin
February 9, 2010
My heart and prayers go out to the deceased and injured in the explosion, and their families.
Geri Curtis
February 9, 2010
"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love." Ron Crabb-your smile and hugs will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prays are with you Jodi and Dillion during this difficult time.
Tearice Peters
February 9, 2010
My heart reaches out to all of the families and friends who lost a family member and/or friend in this tragic explosion. My prayers go out for all the injured as well as those who are lost. May God comfort each and every one of you in the coming days ahead. I pray for peace and healing for all that have been affected. God Bless all.
Carolejane
February 9, 2010
No words can express the sadness felt when a tragedy like this occurs. May you all find some comfort in knowing that your loved ones are surrounded by the peace of God.
Lynn
February 9, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of all impacted by this terrible tragedy. God bless you all and may you all get through this.
R
February 9, 2010
As a steamfitter from UA Local 527 I would like to offer my prayers to the brothers and siters of Local 777 as well as to the community and all affected. May GOD be with you.
Fraternally

Brad Dietrich
UA Local 527
Brad Dietrich
February 9, 2010
Our thoughts go out to the families of this tragic accident. Hope in some way it helps to know others are thinking and praying for you at this time.
Sandra Puckett
February 9, 2010
our deepest sympathy.....your all in our prayers...maryann and warren
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