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Nacogdoches firefighter survived Deepwater Horizon disaster

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A Nacogdoches firefighter’s story of survival will be featured in the upcoming movie, “Deepwater Horizon.”

“On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico,” stated a fact sheet from the Lionsgate movie company. “Directed by Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.”

Kyle Thiermann did an article for on Caleb Holloway, who was working on board the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on the day of the disaster. According to the article, eleven workers died as a result of an explosion at the off-shore drilling rig, and an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil and methane to leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

In the article, Holloway talked about what happened that day and about his journey since the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

"We did everything we could to get as many people off of there and to try to salvage what we could on the rig," Holloway said in the article. "Whenever it finally sunk, the 11 guys that were missing were the guys from the drill crew. It was very, very hard for me to accept. I wasn't ready to give up. I wanted to go back out there and search some more.”

According to the article, Holloway struggled to adjust to normal life in the wake of the disaster. He wanted to get back out to the rig, but he wasn’t sure he could handle it mentally and emotionally, Thiermann wrote.

Helping with the search and rescue efforts during the disaster affected Holloway’s decision to become a firefighter in Nacogdoches, his home town, the article stated.

“I think the Horizon tragedy kinda prepared me for some of the stuff that I'm faced with today," he said in the article. "You can either run away, or you can run and help, and I knew I had that in me to go and help. It gave me the confidence to be able to face the challenges I face today, 'cause when everybody else is running away, we're running in, and that's just something I'm extremely proud to be able to do and try to impact people's lives by helping."

In the movie, Holloway will be played by Dylan O’Brien, who starred in the “Maze Runner” movies, according to The Lionsgate fact sheet states that the movie also stars Mark Walhberg, Gina Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, and Kate Hudson.

The movie, which is rated PG-13 “for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language,” is based on a New York Times article written David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul. It was produced by Summit Entertainment and Participant Media, which are owned by Lionsgate.

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