Federal Mine Agency Praises Emery County Sheriff

Federal Mine Agency Praises Emery County Sheriff

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is praising Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon for the work of his office during the Crandall Canyon mine disaster.

Coal-section director Kevin Stricklin says he can't say enough good about Guymon's department.

Emery County coordinated emergency response to the Aug. 6 cave-in that left six coal miners trapped. None have been found and they are presumed dead. A second collapse Aug. 16 killed three and injured six.

Sheriff's deputies ran an information center at the mine, provided security for miner's families, did traffic control and provided interface with the news media.

Stricklin says Guymon's experience with the 1984 Wilburg mine fire gave him the experience needed to take the lead at Crandall Canyon.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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