Started in mining industry in July/1972
Married (Wife Vickie)
Two sons (Shawn & Robbie)
Hired in originally with Armco Steel in July/1972
Armco Steel purchased by Peabody Energy February/1984
Peabody Energy spun off a new coal company (Patriot Coal) in November/2007
Has 37+ years experience in mining industry
30 years - underground production supervisor
Last 7 years - safety & training
Joined mine rescue team in 1981
Moved to Captain of mine rescue team in 1985
Have trained and competed as Captain of both mine rescue and first aid teams
Competed in first bench contest in 1985 (3rd place)
Served as Captain of a mine rescue team (1985-2005)
2006 to Present - Mine Rescue Trainer
Is a member of the National Permanent Rules Committee for Mine Rescue, First-Aid, Bench and Pre-shift
Represented Peabody Energy on the national mine rescue procedures panel to review and formulate mine rescue procedures.
Has been Captain or trainer of rescue teams that have won 15 National Championships in the different categories from 1989-2007.
1 - Pre-shift
2 - Bench
4 - First-Aid
7 - Combination
Teams have been summoned to extinguish two tunnel fires, Beckley Mine Fire, Fire Creek Incident, Aracoma Mine Fire and approximately 15 either seal breach and/or mine recovery operations.
Presently serving as Director of Safety Systems for Patriot Coal.