Posted on June 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM
Saturday, Jun 15 at 11:29 AM
Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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PONCHATOULA- A love for laughter, soccer and family is the common answer you get when asking family and friends about Zach Green.
"He was an energetic person, loved sports," said Darryl Burton, a friend of Green's.
"Always smiling and you really couldn't be in a room with him without laughing and cutting up," said Green's brother Nick.
Those are also the reasons many people in the Ponchatoula community are hurting Friday.
"His sister, his brothers, his wife and daughter,” said friend Ashley Boe’, “Sunday is Father's Day."
Green was killed in this plant explosion in Geismar Thursday. The 29-year-old started with the company in October and was an operations technician. Before that, Green was a graduate of Ponchatoula High School and went on to play soccer at Millsaps College. He eventually returned home and started a family. It's for that reason he got into the industrial business, despite the fact that his father died in a similar, offshore accident almost 20 years ago.
Green said, "It wasn't necessarily where he wanted to be, but he was doing it for his family, just like my dad was, doing what he had to to take care of his family and the loss has been very heavy for everyone. It's almost like our family has been through so much, but it keeps coming."
Friends and family are now trying to turn this situation around by holding a memorial soccer game in Zach's honor at his Alma Mater Saturday.
"That's what he loved to do and that's what we want to remember about him," said Green.
Boe’ said, "He'll be there in spirit and everyone's hearts."
The memorial soccer game Saturday is open to anyone who would like to attend. Family members are asking anyone who has pictures of Zach to bring them for a scrap book to give to his daughter. It’s set to start at 10 a.m. at Ponchatoula High School’s football field off of Highway 22.