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

Buddy started his mining career in 1965 at Kerr-McGee Potash Corporation. As an engineer in the underground operations, he became involved in mine rescue in 1978 as a team member and became the mine rescue trainer in 1981. That same year, the New Mexico Mine Rescue Association was established and Buddy became the first secretary and one of the founding members. He moved to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 1985 and has been their mine rescue team trainer ever since. His mine rescue program, both field and bench competitions, have received accolades from across the country, and his teams have earned national championships. Buddy is known throughout the mining industry as the "man to call' in matters of mine rescue. He, at one time or another, has helped most teams across the country. He is a member of the MSHA National Mine Rescue Advisory Committee and continues to play a leading role in mine rescue.