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From the Assistant Secretary's Desk

Remarks of Joseph A. Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, 10th Anniversary of Quecreek Mine Rescue, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, July 28, 2012

I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to celebrate one of the most successful mine rescue events in modern mining history. Having been involved in many mine emergencies over the past 30 years, I know this 10th Anniversary celebration of the rescue of nine miners from the Quecreek mine is by all measures historic.

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Quecreek Memorial

Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, who provided tremendous support to the Quecreek rescue, and MSHA officials who led those rescue efforts ten years ago join Assistant Secretary Main in front of the Quecreek miner statue. (From left) Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, John Urosek, MSHA Coal Administrator Kevin Stricklin, Joe Garcia (former MSHA District 2 Manager), Jeff Kravitz, Jerry Davis (former Assistant District Manager for District 2), and Assistant Secretary Joe Main.

Quecreek Memorial