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.)
“We fixed spaghetti dinners-and comforted.”
-Jennie Bennett, miner’s wife. (Left: Tonda Johnson and son Caleb.)
“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).