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DOL/MSHA News Release No. 02-340
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
Phone: (202) 693-9423

Released Thursday, June 13, 2002

News Release


Lauriski Praises Mine Workers For Lifesaving Actions

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave D. Lauriski has presented the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association's Life Saving Awards to 11 mine workers who have performed selfless acts of courage and heroism. "Following the events of September 11th, many of us have had to rethink exactly what defines a hero," Lauriski said. "The recipients of these awards are true heroes. They acted courageously, in some cases, risking their own lives to protect the lives of others." The award recipients were recognized last week at the 2002 Joint National Meeting of the Holmes Safety Association, the National Association of State Mine Inspection Agencies, and the Mine Safety Institute of America. Since 1916, the Holmes Safety Association, a voluntary organization, has striven to prevent injuries and improve health and safety among officials and employees in all phases of mining.

The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association is named for the earliest director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines.