Kanawha County citizens join their fellow West Virginians in their thoughts and prayers as we mourn the tragic loss of 25 miners, those still missing and those that were injured in the Mine Explosion at the Massey Energy subsidiary Performance Coal Company’s Upper Big Branch Mine-South.
Out of respect, the county has cancelled the previously scheduled dedication of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office headquarters and the Office of the Kanawha County Prosecutor. The event was scheduled for April 7 but has now been canceled.
The decision to cancel the dedication ceremony was made in consult with Sheriff Mike Rutherford, Prosecutor Mark Plants, Commission President Kent Carper, Commissioner Henry C. Shores and Commissioner Dave Hardy.
“We are reminded as a coal producing county that while our miners keep the lights on for us, they do so while exposing themselves in a dangerous environment,” said Commission President Carper.
Commissioner Shores added, “Our hearts go out to the children, families and loved ones of these fallen miners.”
“The bond between our coal mining communities is strong and we mourn this tragic loss,” said Commissioner Hardy.
“A number of statewide officials, including West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Thomas E. McHugh and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito we slated to make a presentation during the ceremony,” Carper said. “They understandably, along with all of our local County officials, need to give their full attention and support to our coal mining families which are grief stricken and heartbroken.”