Mine Rescue Day Saluted

Updated 6 years ago From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

Washington, DC - Noting that the Mine Safety and Health Administration has designated October 30th as “Mine Rescue Day,” U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, D-WV,  recognized the citizens who participate in mine rescue efforts for their heroic service to coal miners and the nation as a whole.

“To my mind, mine rescue team members are unsung heroes in our midst,” said Rahall.  “Much of the work they do, their training, their preparation, the risks they endure, is conducted quietly, outside the spotlight.   Their contributions usually only come to public attention during mine tragedies and rescue operations.  But these brave men and women do tasks every day that prevent those kinds of media-grabbing incidents and save countless lives.”

It was 102 years ago on October 30, 1911, that President William Howard Taft attended the Nation’s first mine rescue demonstration at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.  That event kicked off over a century of mine rescue training that today involves competitions that keep the skills of rescuers well honed.  Countless lives have been saved as a result.

“So many of those heroes that we honor today were expertly trained right in our own backyard, but serve across the Nation,” said Rahall. “We owe a special debt of gratitude to those at the Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, who have prepared countless miners, supervisors, and safety inspectors to answer the call in the time of need.  They work on behalf of each miner that goes underground every single day and their service should be saluted.”

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