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I grew up in southern West Virginia and come from a family of coal miners. It’s hard and dangerous work, but miners are proud people. They do one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. This week a young man that my brother worked with lost his life in a coal mining accident. He was only 21 years old and just starting out in life. I’m posting an excerpt from the local news and a link to the GoFundMe that has been set up to help the family. If you would like to donate, that would be great, but if you can’t if you could share the link to the GoFundMe that would be great. Thanks!

Reported from WTRF A West Virginia coal miner was killed yesterday (December 23) at the Murray Energy Marshall County mine near Moundsville, West Virginia.

According to the Marshall County medical examiner Raymond L. Starkey, 21, was killed after an accident happened between the beltline and the mine wall.

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement

Our safety experts are on the scene, working with the UMWA Local Union 1638 Safety Committee, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, and the company to determine exactly what happened. We will not rest until we know the circumstances of Brother Starkey’s death, so that we can prevent something like this from ever happening again. I ask every mining family, indeed every American family, to lift up the Starkey family in your prayers this holiday season

Cecil E. Roberts

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