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Metal/Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Hall of Fame 2002 Metal/Nonmetal
National Mine Rescue Contest

Hall of Fame Member


In 1972, Wayne served as chief on a Bureau of Mines Mine Rescue Team. Under Wayne's leadership the team rescued the two sole survivors of the Sunshine mine disaster, who had been trapped for 7 days. The successful rescue operation required that the team travel about a mile in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees F. For his participation in that rescue, Wayne received a Gold Metal of Valor Award from the Secretary of Interior. In 1985, Wayne was instrumental in rescuing Jessica McClure (Baby Jessica) from a water shaft in Midland, Texas. Wayne's participation in the rescue of Baby Jessica earned him a citation from President Ronald Reagan. Wayne has always been known as an avid supporter of Mine Rescue and was Chief Judge in the South Central District for many years.

Mr. Dan Haupt accepting for Mr. Wayne D. Kanack