WebXtra: Delek remembers tragedy, promises safe future

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler city officials, Delek executives and employees gathered to paid tribute to the two men tragically killed in an explosion last November.

A moment of silence was held for Dale Sharman and Jim Hammett, who were working in the Sat Gas Unit where that blast occurred November 20th.

"Both of them were, I called it joyful because these guys, they were fun to be around. They weren't bashful," said Delek employee Joey Bittick. "They liked to mess with you. That's a big thing in a refinery. Not so much horseplay but everybody just kind of jokes around with each and it gets you that family theme going and that's what it's like out there. You have to go on with your life. Main thing is you don't stop remembering."

Employees say they'll always be remembered.

Delek Refining is investing over $100 million this year alone.

We'll give more details on what Delek Refining is doing to make this a safe work environment and what exactly all that money is going towards to rebuild and move forward here.

We'll have that on KLTV at 5 and 6 and 10 p.m.

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