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Lochridge-Priest employees continue to recover after hospital explosion

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 16:45:03-04

Lochridge-Priest, Inc. said its employees are continuing to recover and improve after the Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion last month.

Many of those injured in the blast on June 26 were construction workers with Lochridge-Priest. Three people were killed.

"We are thrilled to see the conditions of our valued employees continue to improve," said Jeanne Gorrell, Vice President of Human Resources at Lochridge-Priest. "These men are incredibly important to us, and we are celebrating every step towards recovery."

The company said Aaron Haveron continues to be treated at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He is steadily improving and walking around on his own. Doctors hope he will return home within the coming weeks.

Richard 'Ricky' Studer is also being treated at Parkland Hospital. He is hoping to be moved into the rehabilitation area in the next few days. Studer is making progress daily and is walking.

Vernon Barabas is being treated in Austin at Dell Seton Medical Center. He was recently taken off the ventilator and has been transferred to a long-term care unit.

Vernon's son Justin Barabas is being treated at the same hospital. The company says he is expected to be taken off the ventilator soon. The family hopes to move both Vernon and Justin to a long-term care unit close to Waco.

Matt Aaron is currently at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where he has recently started to be able to stand up with help.

"It is a complete priority that every member of the Lochridge-Priest family rallies around our injured employees and their loved ones in this difficult time," the company said in a press release. "As we continue to see these men progress, we are reminded of their bravery and perseverance through every circumstance."

Lochridge-Priest leadership has made regular visits to each victim and their families. The company has also helped set up GoFundMe accounts for each worker.

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