For the moment, all eyes are on Tallmansville, West Virginia, watching the drama there come to a close with the apparent rescue of one of the miners trapped underground since Monday.
A few years back, in 2002, you may recall the scene where 9 miners were rescued after three days trapped underground, and after having passed two days without any communication from those trapped. Miracles happened there, but they happened because of the great work of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a part of the US Department of Labor. Here’s a link to a piece written at the time, commemorating the great expertise and dedication of the folks at MSHA. When the chips are down, these are the folks you want on the scene.
Our prayers are with the lost miners and their families. And we salute MSHA once again for their great and dedicated work. Although today’s story ends sadly for 12 families, MSHA was there, working feverishly, professionally, expertly. They are, as it says in the piece referenced above, the best in the world.
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