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MSHA - 2000 Metal Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest Logo 2000 Metal and Nonmetal
Mine Rescue Contest
Hall of Fame Inductee

J. Ray Rucker began his mine rescue career in West Virginia when the state sponsored railcar/mine rescue and first aid apparatus training. He was selected to participate on a company first aid team, competing in company and state competitions, placing first in several of the competitions. Ray became a member of the West Virginia Coal and Coke Company during the 1940's and served on a number of mine rescue and recovery missions. In 1957, Ray went to work for Morton Salt in Grande Saline, Texas, where he formed and trained their first mine rescue team, winning regional and national competitions. He was greatly involved in forming the Southern Region Mine Rescue Association and was its first president. He retired from mining in 1984, however, has remained active as a judge at several competitions in Texas, Nevada and Louisiana. Ray has received awards for his participation in mine rescue from West Virginia Coal and Coke, Omar Mining Company, State of West Virginia Mine Safety, US Bureau of Mines, MESA, MSHA, and the Southern Mine Rescue Association. At the age of 80, Ray is currently the Mayor of Grande Saline, Texas.

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