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Donaldsonville mourns loss of 'Rocky' Morris, victim of CF Industries incident

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Monday, June 17, 2013 - 3:05pm

A father of three and husband, and beloved member of the community, Ronald “Rocky” Morris, 55, died Friday evening in an incident at CF Industries.

An investigation has begun to determine what caused the blast, which injured seven other workers. While questions remain unanswered, many from the community have offered their condolences and support.

“After hearing the news about what happened at CF, it took me back 13 years ago,” said Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, who referred back to an explosion and fire at the facility in May 2000.

Three workers were killed and nine injured, including Sullivan, in that incident.

“My entire weekend was one of disbelief and sadness,” he said. “Rocky was a friend, and we worked together when I was at CF. My prayers, my heart and my love goes out to the Morris family, and others who were injured, and those who work there and will have to deal with the reality of a co-worker and friend who is no longer with us.”

The mayor added that he still considers himself to be a part of the CF family, “and my pain and my hurt is overwhelming.”

“I pray that God will comfort the families as they deal with this tragedy.”

Mary Turner, who lives near the facility, told WWL-TV that she will keep fond memories of her longtime friend.

“I remember him as smiling all the time,” she said. “He was always wanting to help people out, a real friendly guy. He would do anything for you.”

Michael Tortorich is a writer and photographer for The Creole Online Newspaper. He can be reached through www.michaeltortorich.com.

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