While minds are on Iowa, mine is on the hearts broken two years ago. That morning, real men went to work to power a nation. Unsung heroes one and all. What followed was the saddest thing I have ever witnessed. My thoughts today are on the families of Terry Helms, 50, Fire Boss/Mine Examiner, 29 years experience Martin Toler Jr., 50, Section Foreman, 32 years experience - Alva Marty Bennett, 50, Continuous Miner Operator, 29 years experience Fred Ware, 59, Continuous Miner Operator, 37 years experience Jesse Jones, Roof Bolter Operator, 16 years experience Dave Lewis, 28, Roof Bolter Operator, 1 year, 8 months experience Jerry Groves, 57, Roof Bolter Operator, 28 years experience Tom Anderson, Shuttle Car Operator, 10 years experience George Hamner Jr., Shuttle Car Operator, 26 years experience James (Jim) Bennett, 61, Shuttle Car Operator, 25 years experience Marshall Winans, Scoop Operator, 23 years experience Jack Weaver, 52, Section Electrician, 26 years experience
The miracle man Randal McCloy survived to tell the story. I will post this as long as I blog. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.
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