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TEARS FOR THE FAMILIES AND SOME HOPE
WEST VIRGINIA MINE DISASTER
I awoke from a nap yesterday evening, April 5,2010, and turned on Fox News channel to hear another mine explosion had occurred in my native state of West Virginia. My heart leapt into my throat. The first thing I thought of was my son-in-law who works as an electrical engineer in a local coal mine. I thought of my daughter and my grandchildren and the fun we had just had together on Easter Sunday.
I usually get up from a nap and stay quite sleepy for a period of time but my full attention was immediate. I watched intently to find out exactly where this disaster had occurred. I finally found out it was down state southwest of Charleston about 200 miles away.
Once I caught my bearing and relief had set in I realized that many fellow West Virginians would be in mourning for lost loved ones.
25 DEAD AND 4 MISSING
This is a scene I have seen play out entirely too often in my lifetime in my home state. Once again folks will be mourning brothers, fathers, sons, and neighbors. There will be memorial services for those lost in the blast and the search goes on for four possible survivors. At this time finding survivors is a long shot but we have to try and pray.
I realized that just three days ago most of these men were watching the Mountaineer game same as I was, and now they’re gone forever. They had probably celebrated Easter with their families just as I had done. They drove on country roads all their lives. They cared for their families and were just trying to survive working in a coal mine.
A quote from an article on AOL, ”Around 3PM Monday a massive explosion rocked Massy Energy Company’s sprawling Upper Big Branch Mine near Montcoal about 30 miles south of West Virginia’s capital, Charleston. The mine has a history of safety violations.”
I have heard this story entirely too many times before in my life.