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Tribute to the WV coal miner... No matter if it is underground or surface mining we owe so much to the coal miners that do so much for us.

We have those that protest against mining and try to kill our spirits. The coal miners are a strong willed breed of individuals that carry on family traditions.
If it weren't for the men and women that risk their lives daily where would America be. I come from a coal mining family and I have worked at the mines myself.. however I did not work in the dangerous situations of the mining industry even though I was on the job site. It gave me a whole new meaning and understanding for what these brave men and women do. Granted the major majority is men that work in the underground mines there are those brave women that go out every day knowing like the men do it could be the last time they see their families.
Southern WV is coal country.. we live and breath coal.. it is our backbone and without it we would have nothing.. Many of the towns would be ghost towns without the mines.
The media focus on fines and regulations which each mine will have some more than others. These violations have to be addressed and the inspectors have to approve the situation or the mine is to be closed. Some are more critical than others and say a mine has 400 violations yes that is a red flag.. What may not be told to the public is some of those maybe due to a port-a-john not being clean, trash in a ditch line, a door that needs repaired and steps that are unsafe. All need addressed for sure. Then there is the major violations of unclean water, gases, high walls, electrical, and even not filling out the books correctly just for examples..These are the one's that the media should focus on and let the public know about. Still when you look at the records it shows every violation and fine combined. With that being said the mine where we lost so many of our friends and family members has had major violations.
There must be changes made in the mining industry that we can all agree on. Cutting corners should not be allowed just to make production. We all know that in all work fields corners are cut no matter if it is small or large it happens and we are kidding ourselves if we think other wise. That is what makes the profit at the end of the day. Still at the end of the day you must remember this.. even if the mining industry was one hundred percent violation free there will be accidents that happen when you are working with mother nature .. Mother nature blesses us and curses us at the same time. We just have to do our best to show her respect.
The coal miners all around the world are to be respected for the hard work they do. They are our families and we all want them to come home to us at the end of the shift. When loss happens it effects us all cause that loss can be in our own family and all we can do is pray for the families left to pick up the pieces. Some families lost more than one family member in recent accident that has rocked our state.. and the sad thing is the same family that lost their loved one sent out another family member to go out and work in the mines today.
There were 31 men working in the section that exploded and at this time only 2 are alive.. there are 18 bodies that they have found and can't get to them to bring them out .. 4 men not sure if they are dead or alive that they haven't found.. It will take God's hand on them to bring them out alive... and 7 bodies have been bought out... The ages range from 20 to 61 that we know of. One family lost 3 members in the blast.
This company is the same company I worked for just a different mine site.. The mine that exploded is not far from my home town and I have family that works there.. They were not working that shift..
Please remember the families and crew members that are working to find the men and bring closer to the families.
God Bless them all.

Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers as well

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Title:WV Coal Miner
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Uploaded:7 Apr 2010 - 6:56 PM
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A nice dedication for them.


Quote: A nice dedication for them.

I agree.



Too many tears for a proper comment

Your poster is fabulous as are your words!
God Bless our miners and their families!


andylea  737 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 7:18 PM

A nice dedication for them
me to dawn Wink

7 Apr 2010 - 7:20 PM

Thank you Sue/Ken

Thank you Jennn... the UA is much appreciated... the UA is a tribute to those men and their families as well...

7 Apr 2010 - 7:25 PM

Thank you Andy

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9830 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1315 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 7:29 PM

I live in a town that grew and prospered and declined with the coal mining industry, I understand and agree totally. A very beautiful tribute.

PattiW  10 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 7:29 PM

A wonderful informative dedication, Dawn. Our hearts and prayers go out to the miners and their families. May God bless each and every one of them. Your poster is beautiful. Patti


Lovely tribute.

Jekaro  6 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 - 7:42 PM

Wonderful work, Dawn, and a lovely tribute.

rockfish  5 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 - 8:06 PM

Coming from the former coal mining area of South Wales. U.K. The brave men of WV are in my thoughts and prayers. This is a wonderful visual and written tribute to them. Deeply moving.


From across the ocean our thoughts are with you. A lovely tribute Dawn.

7 Apr 2010 - 8:30 PM

Quote: Too many tears for a proper comment

Your poster is fabulous as are your words!
God Bless our miners and their families!


Couldn't agree more!


My husband was a coal miner in North East England and I appreciate your words and the moving tribute you have paid by uploading this wonderful image.


A very imaginative image Dawn.


Last Modified By fentiger at 7 Apr 2010 - 10:12 PM
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 10:25 PM

Superbly created image, Dawn. Great tribute.



I echo every sentence of your very clear and well stated narrative Dawn. God bless them all.


An excellent tribute, Dawn, and what a wonderful narrative. Carol

Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 8:14 AM

A very good tribute Dawn and a great and informative write up

8 Apr 2010 - 8:55 AM

Superb image and a great tribute.


johnjrp  11432 forum posts Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 9:52 AM

Lovely words and photo Dawn. John

8 Apr 2010 - 10:22 AM

The best ive seen, highlighting this sad situation, I was a miner myself, there was gas called firedamp, in those days they had pony's down the mine and a young lad looking after it, the pony went into the gateway and was gassed, the lad went to look for the pony, he was gassed, the boss went to look for both of them, he was gassed, the introduction of carrying a canary in the mine found any gas

gerrymac  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 12:51 PM

Superb tribute to those gutsy miners and great write up Dawn

cjl47  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2010 - 2:51 PM

My other half lost her first husband in a mining disaster in Wales.
Our thoughts with you all.

8 Apr 2010 - 4:38 PM

Thank you all so much...

This morning...
The rescue crews went into the mines hoping to bring the miners out. They came back empty handed because the gases were building up so fast it made it impossible to go back in. So the chances for the other 4 that were unaccounted for are getting slimmer but if they were able to get to the rescue chambers they could live up to 96 hours... if the chambers weren't destroyed in the blast.. they don't about that yet either..
From all of us in WV we appreciate your prayers so much !


Well said, Dawn, and a beautiful tribute too.



Agree with Andrew here Dawn, a truely beautiful tribute and so beautifully put forward


I agree a fine tribute very close to my heart as my dad worked 42 years in our village colliery, thanks Dawn. - gary


My grandfather worked 54 years underground he went down when he was 11 years old.

I am one of the very few from our family who did not work underground.

Grand shot.


dmhuynh72  744 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2010 - 1:50 AM

A great dedication Dawn.



Excellent work Dawn



Life Hurts ,Well put Dawn -------------Gary


A wonderful tribute to those brave men. It's a way of life that gets in the blood, and tragedy is always on the threshold. I keep them and their families in my prayers.

9 Apr 2010 - 4:17 PM

Excellent image and tribute.

9 Apr 2010 - 10:15 PM

Wonderful tribute Dawn, excellent image.

DanielD  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 1:42 AM

Great tribute and very symbolic image. Well done Michelle

Regards Dan

JimV  9 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 5:13 AM

With 25 men already gone and many of the funeral services today, our hopes and prayers go to the 4 men still to be accounted for, and to the families of the others, it is indeed a sad occasion, and who's to say at this time where the blame lies, if indeed, there is any blame. I read recently that 55% of electricity in the USA is produced by coal fired power stations, so there is a definite ongoing need for the mines, but that doesn't excuse the cutting of corners when it comes to safety. We had a similar condition here back in 1992, when the Westray mine blew up and 26 men died, 11 of which are still in there. The coal seams here in Pictou County are notorious for methane gases, yet safety was a joke in that mine.
You have assembled a fine tribute Dawn, God bless!
Rgds., Jim

10 Apr 2010 - 6:25 AM

Thank you all for your support of the families... It is now 1:16 am April 10th and the news just was gave out that there was no one found alive. So it is a total of 29 men that have been accounted for.. Out of the 31 men that day.. we know that 1 is now out of the hospital and home and 1 is still in ICU with no word of his condition out of respect to the family.

I appreciate your comments and you sharing your own stories with me.. I was touched when I read how your own lives have been touched over time by the mining industry...

PeterLaw  7 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 - 3:00 PM

Such a great tribute and very true of our times.
Great Idea.

Bob_V  8 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2010 - 5:28 PM

What a beautiful tribute and wonderful narrative Dawn, such a sad time for all.
Regards Bob

11 Apr 2010 - 10:20 PM

A great piece of work and a fine tribute, well done Dawn,


All been said Dawn. A fitting tribute. Wonderful.

Sorry i havent comment recently as i have been away from ephotozine for a while.




A very fine tribute Dawn- well put together- words and image

astyag  812 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 7:57 PM

may their soul rest in peace...


A superb write up Dawn. Things are never as easy to fix as one would think they should be. A lovely image and tribute to these brave and hard working people. ..........Sandy

Rogerex  932 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 6:30 PM

A beautiful tribute to these brave people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts too.
PS. I am looking forward to being in WV again, later this week.


A terrific tribute Dawn and a fascinating narrative to accompany the image

tmann  10 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 1:55 PM

Outstanding and moving tribute!

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