April 26, 2010 12:00 PM

UNITED IN GRIEF

(Naoma, April 10) “It’s a shame this town will be remembered for tragedy.”

-James Platt, 54, retired miner.

A BREED APART

“It’s backbreaking work. And I worry. But it’s in my blood.”

-Chris Green, 34, miner. (Right: Labor council president Clyde McKnight.)

FAMILY TRADITION-AND FEAR

“As wives, we feel helpless. We don’t know what’s going to happen day to day.”

-Mickie Green, 30. (Mourners outside Marsh Fork Elementary School April 10.)

STAYING STRONG

“We fixed spaghetti dinners-and comforted.”

-Jennie Bennett, miner’s wife. (Left: Tonda Johnson and son Caleb.)

BOTTOMLESS LOSS

“I loved him with all my heart. The last thing I said was what we always said: ‘I love you, be careful.'”

-Crissie Scott, 49, widow of miner Deward Scott, 58.

A MINER’S CREED

“It eats at you when you find out your buddy’s dead. But I’ll be a miner the rest of my life. It’s the only thing I’m really good at.”

-Billie Ward, 51 (with wife Donna, 47).

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