Relatives on the loss of the oil rig workers

Tuesday, May 18, 2010; 11:11 AM

A Widespread Sorrow

Edited transcripts of interviews:

Nancy Curtis, 38

Wife of Stephen Curtis, 39, assistant driller, Georgetown, La.

He was a Christian, first of all. I had the youth class or Sunday school, and we taught a Bible class together. He'd lost his brother in a car accident in 2005 and turning to God helped him get through a lot of issues. Helped him know you just can't always fix things.

They actually started a Bible study on the rig. They tried to meet Wednesday nights, at least once a week. When one of the guys might be having problems, they'd meet together and discuss it.

We went to the same high school. He graduated two years ahead of me. Several years later, he finally got the nerve to ask me out.We dated for three years, and it's four years that we've been married.

He had a little grandbaby. She's about three months. He was coming home Wednesday. Just a few more hours and he would have been on the helicopter coming home.

Where we live, there's not a lot of opportunities job-wise. Either you're a logger in the woods or you work in the oil fields on land or offshore. Offshore has better benefits and pay. He just always wanted us to have everything.

I know that the environment is important and it is catastrophic. Shrimps and oysters, that's their way of living. But it just seemed to me that the men were forgotten. That it all turned to the spill.

He was proud to be a Marine when he got out of high school. He was very proud of that. He was also on the volunteer fire department. If he could have done anything to prevent the fire getting out of control, then that's what he'd have done. He'd have stayed there and done his job.

I heard on national news that everybody was accounted for. I was like oh, thank you Lord! I was just like where do I need to come get him. Turns out they were wrong. But he might still come, if it's God's will.

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