Victims identified in Cambria corn mill explosion

Three died in the blast
Posted at 6:21 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 22:45:30-04

CAMBRIA, WI - The 16 Didion Milling employees inside a corn milling facility during an explosion Wednesday night in Cambria, Wisconsin have all been accounted for., and the deceased have been identified as Robert Goodenow, Pawel Tordoff and Duelle Block. 

Riley Didion, the president of Didion Milling, shared sentiments Friday afternoon less than two full days after his corn milling facility was leveled following a deadly explosion that killed three people and left several injured.

“We’ve been a part of this community for a long time and we aren’t going anywhere," Didion said.

“Some of our teams are going through a tough time [and] our community’s going through a tough time," he continued.

Didion addressed dozens of his employees Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Cambria.

"We got a great team, we treat them like family," Didion said.

"We're going to continue to take care of them and we'll get through this together," he continued.

He called the gathering the company's first "team meeting" since the explosion. A millwright for Didion Milling, Dan Uherka, said now the workers must look forward.

“Our bosses and owners all said they’re going to take care of everything," Uherka said.

"We’ll have everything back to normal, we’re going to build this place better," he continued.

Persevering through such a difficult time is something everyone in the village seems to be committed too as they mourn the loss of loved ones and look forward and beginning the process of healing.

“We’re one big family, we’re going to make this work," Uherka said.

Sunday the church will host a "Gathering in time of crisis". The service begins at 2 p.m.