6 Apr

Share Your Condolences

Adam | April 6th, 2010

Our sincere condolences go out to all of the families and friends affected by this latest mining tragedy in Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County. As Mountaineers united and proud of our state and our people, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to the communities affected by the loss of so many valuable and contributing lives. It is with deepest sorrow that we send our wishes for healing and comfort to all of those affected at this time.

Please join us in expressing your thoughts with the surviving family and friends of the miners lost on April 5, 2010.

You can also show your support for the families affected by this tragedy in person. The Student Government Association has joined with the Young West Virginians for Coal to sponsor booths around campus.

You can stop by the booth and sign a special banner that will be delivered to the families and hand write personalized notes.

April 7-9: Mountainlair
April 12-13: Evansdale- Allen Hall (4th floor lobby)
April 14-15: Health Sciences- Pylon Lobby

1 Amy | Apr 6 at 4:26 pm

Though words fall short of expressing our sorrow for your loss, know that you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

2 C. Thompson | Apr 6 at 4:43 pm

I’m from Southern WV and I knew a few of the miners that were involved in this accident. It’s a tragedy. They risked their lives every time they journeyed underground to bring WV and this country power so we could fill our homes and businesses with light; that makes them heroes.

3 Kyle | Apr 6 at 4:57 pm

Words cannot express the pain and sorrow in your time of loss any more than they can express my sincerest condolences. As a born and raised West Virginian, these headlines are all too familiar, and some say it’s the price we pay for making coal our bread and butter. But the bravery and perseverance of each and every man who steps foot in a coalmine puts them on the plane of the heroic, and we are forever cast in their shadow and in their legacy. Peace be with those who have lost their lives, and may solace come to those they’ve left behind.

4 Jane | Apr 6 at 5:13 pm

I know that words are not enough, but I want to express my sincere sorrow to all the families and their loved ones. I agree that they are heroes and will never be far from our thoughts.

5 Ivan Anastasov | Apr 6 at 6:04 pm

All my emphaty to the families and friends of the dead West Virginia miners. I hope this will not happen again.

6 Gretchen | Apr 6 at 6:59 pm

I share your grief at your tragic loss. No words could comfort you, but know that in love you will find peace. May those around you support you, and please know that you are in my thoughts as well. This is my prayer.

7 Terri Robinson | Apr 6 at 7:16 pm

We send our thoughts and prayers from Colorado to the families of the West Virginia Miners.

8 Glo | Apr 6 at 7:37 pm

I am so very saddened by this tragic loss of so many miners. My prayers go out for the 4 still unaccounted for as well as all of the families affected in any way. I also pray for the safety of those who have come to help and wisdom for those who have come to offer a listening ear and shoulder to lean on. Very sad situation.

9 Coal Miner's Wife | Apr 6 at 8:03 pm

My thoughts and prayers go to all of the families who lost a loved one in this horrific tragedy. It is one of my greatest fears as the wife of a coal miner. My heart aches for all of you at this time. My you find strength in each other and from those throughout the state of West Virginia as we offer our condolences and prayers to you.

10 Christina | Apr 6 at 8:19 pm

I know there’s nothing anyone can say that will take the sorrow away from your hearts or the tears from your eyes, but know that we, as West Virginians, share in your grief. May God Bless you!

11 Lauren | Apr 6 at 8:34 pm

You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that the support of those around you brings some measure of comfort throughout this time.

12 Jed and Nancy DiPaolo | Apr 6 at 8:36 pm

We are heartbroken for your loss. Words seem such a helpless attempt at comfort. We are praying for you, praying for you, praying for you. Many, many hugs….

13 Brian Yee | Apr 6 at 8:37 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of this tragedy.

Brian Yee
Lethbridge Alberta Canada

14 Shonna | Apr 6 at 8:39 pm

I want to extend my sincere sorrow to all the families of these fallen miners. This is so sad! Please know that God is with you in this most difficult sad time in your lives. I am so sorry to all the families! I just could not imagine what you must be going through! You are in my families thoughts and prayers!!!

15 The Cole's | Apr 6 at 8:42 pm

From fellow West Virginia’s here in Tampa, Florida—our deepest, heartfelt sorrow and prayers for all involved in this tragedy.

16 Ron | Apr 6 at 8:46 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I know that nothing said or written will ease your sorry but please know that West Virginians everywhere share your hurt and are praying for you and your loved ones.

17 Jason and Rebecca Mabe | Apr 6 at 9:03 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of the families and friends involved in this tragedy. Please stay strong and may the lord hold you in the palm of his hand to comfort you during these difficult times.

18 Mike W. | Apr 6 at 9:03 pm

I can not find the words to express my deepest sorrow for the families and friends of the miners who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

19 Matt | Apr 6 at 9:04 pm

May God give all the families of the mining tragedy the strength to deal with the difficult times to come.

20 Belinda | Apr 6 at 9:11 pm

I’m from West Virginia but now live in Pennsylvania. My heart goes out to all of the families that have lost loved ones in this terrible mining accident. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the coming days that God will be your comfort and strength.

21 Frank & Gail Hudnall | Apr 6 at 9:39 pm

Our fathers mined coal all their lives and we sat up many nights with grieving families whose loved one had just perished in a dark and dangerous tunnel. Grieving was shared in the community but wives and children, whose suffering was quickly forgotten by the community-at-large, continued struggling to make ends meet. Family income was reduced to that of those on welfare. Our hope is that the people will not forget the families and continue comforting each of them long after this event is forgotten, if ever!! God be with all of you. We deeply feel your loses. You shall remain in our prayers.

22 john | Apr 6 at 9:50 pm

My prayers are will all of you in your time of need.

23 Stacy North | Apr 6 at 9:57 pm

My most heartfelt sympathies to all who have lost friends and relatives in such tragic way. while it is a raw feeling now may your memories of those you have lost fill your mind, warm your hearts and lead you through this terrible time.

24 John & Linda | Apr 6 at 9:58 pm

Together as West Virginians we offer our sincere regret to the families of these fallen brave men. Together as Christians, we share our prayers and our knowledge that you will one day be reunited with those you love.
May god bless you all, and comfort you as only He can.

25 Ms. Cattie | Apr 6 at 10:24 pm

My 5th grade students from Miami Beach learned about America’s tragedy today and were deeply saddened. One student asked why people would work in such a dangerous job. Too young to understand what it’s like to have to pay the bills at any cost, yet old enough to have sympathy, compassion and tears. We are all deeply sorry!

26 Laura Little | Apr 6 at 10:24 pm

I have been praying and crying for all of you. I cannot imagine your pain. Praying for strength and God’s healing in the coming days.

27 Michael S. Gore | Apr 6 at 10:41 pm

God Bless all who have suffered. Please know we are all praying for you.

Hinton, WV

28 Steve Flaherty | Apr 6 at 10:42 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..everyone in this community is behind you all…

29 Darla | Apr 6 at 10:42 pm

Know that if all of us could in some way shoulder your burden, we would. May God grant you His peace that passes understanding and a great hope for that future reunion with your loved ones. You are in our prayers.

30 Appalachian Voices | Apr 6 at 10:44 pm

Appalachian Voices hold the families of Raleigh County in our thoughts and prayers today. The sudden loss of these courageous men is unspeakable, and we encourage any and all efforts to see that no similar tragedy ever befalls our region again.

There should be a monument to America’s coal miners in every town and city in the United States. Coal helped the US win two world wars and build the strongest national economy the world has ever seen. But the safety of miners, mountains, and communities are non-negotiable.

We stand ready to join Appalachian coalfield communities and their elected officials in encouraging safe, sustainable ways to support our communities in Appalachia.

31 Mike | Apr 6 at 11:24 pm

Each and everyone of you are in our heart and prayers.May God bless and comfort each and everyone of your families…

32 Heather | Apr 6 at 11:31 pm

My thoughts and prays go to you at this time of your tragic loss. I do not know anyone at this mine but as a coalminers daughter for 38 yrs this this tragedy strikes very close to home for me. God be with you at this time of loss.

33 sherri williams | Apr 6 at 11:34 pm

I AM SO DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS MY HUSBAND ALSO WORKS FOR THIS MINE AND HIM AND HIS CREW DID MAKE IT OUT ALIVE BUT THE ONES LOST I HOPE AND PRAY GOD COMFORTS YOU YOUR IN OUR THOUGHTS

34 Maggie Vaughn | Apr 7 at 12:07 am

All Mountaineers are praying for our friends in your community. The porch lights are on up and down our street, as we share your grief. Wood County, WV

35 phil | Apr 7 at 4:53 am

I started my mining career here I worked on the longwall with alot of these guys for many years I then became there foreman but still did not forget where I came from or forgot that I was in there there shoes at one time.

36 Dave | Apr 7 at 7:19 am

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the miners lost in this tragedy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

37 virginia smith | Apr 7 at 7:37 am

Sincere condolences for all involved in this tragic,preventable disaster.You go to these mines every day even when you know they are very dangerous,and knowing that they have been cited for so many violations,but you hold your chin up and hope that this day you will come out safe.”GOD BLESS” each and every one of you.I read a prayer today called Safely Home and send it to each and every one.God Bless

38 Jerry Northington | Apr 7 at 8:09 am

Words are not sufficient to express the depth of my sympathy. To all those suffering the loss of a loved one, a friend, or a fellow human being my heartfelt sympathy goes to you each and every one.

39 Sr. Barbara Kupchak, CSJ | Apr 7 at 8:20 am

I am a Sister of St. Joseph from Wheeling and am currently at a meeting of all the Sisters in Chicago. Know that all the sister her are sharing your grief and praying for all your families and your community. You will be in our prayers and thoughts today.

God Bless and comfort you. Sister Barbara Kupchak
Congregation of St. Joseph
Wheeling, WV

40 Denise | Apr 7 at 8:21 am

I was born and reared in West Virginia…my Father, rest his soul, was a coal miner, so I understand the fear of the mining families…May God bless and keep the families of the loss miners. May He give them peace and solitude during this time of tremendous loss. May their souls R.I.P.

41 Janice | Apr 7 at 8:21 am

Grew up with miners in the family & still have family members taht are miners. Prayers & thoughts are with the entire town.

42 Charles D. Ponte | Apr 7 at 8:28 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones during this difficult time. The memories of these brave men who lost their lives will live on in your hearts forever. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. May they rest in peace with the Lord.

43 Donna M | Apr 7 at 8:28 am

May God be with you and your families at this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.

44 Lea Belanger | Apr 7 at 8:28 am

As a coal miners wife, I know the worries one has every time their loved one goes to work. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of the families.

45 Steve | Apr 7 at 8:28 am

My family and I are deeply sorry for your lost. We know that the word sorry is not enough but we hope that our prayers will allow for comfort in some way during this tragic time. Coal miners are the heart of West Virginia and our thoughts are with you.

46 Tina Clarke | Apr 7 at 8:32 am

I am a wife of a longtime coal miner and up until last year he also worked on a mine rescue team. He was a part of the rescue effort at the Sago mine. My heart just breaks for these miners and their families. To say that I know what you are going thru would be a lie, no one could posibly know unless they have lived the same loss. I worry everyday when my husband goes underground to do his job. You all are in my thoughts and more importantly in my prayers, I ask God to give you the strength to get thru this.

47 Lawrence Godwin | Apr 7 at 8:34 am

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

48 Patty | Apr 7 at 8:34 am

My thoughts and prayers go to you at this time of your tragic loss. I do not know anyone at this mine but as a coalminer’s daughter for 44 years I know the fears I had for my father and my brother while they were in the mines. This hits close to home for me. May God be with you.

49 Alisa King | Apr 7 at 8:35 am

Sending love, prayers, support and compassion from Orlando, Florida. I can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through. Please know that your families and your community are in the thoughts and hearts of many that you have never met. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help during this difficult time – there are many who welcome the chance to do whatever they can to ease your burden…ajk911pd@yahoo.com

50 Kenny Claudio | Apr 7 at 8:39 am

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of all those precious lifes in the Mining disaster. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members who lost loved ones.

51 Rosemary Lear | Apr 7 at 8:39 am

I would like to express my sympathy to all of the family and friends of the miners who lost their lives in the mine. As I watched the news it made me very sad
to hear of your great loss of your loved ones. May God help you all during this most difficult time in all of your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

52 Dawn | Apr 7 at 8:40 am

I am the daughter and a sister to coal miners and I lost a cousin in 2001 in the coal mines. I just can’t stop crying since I have heard about this. It is so close to home. My prayers go out to all of the families. It was hard when I lost my cousin and it still is hard but everyday I just remember that he died for his family and that he wouldn’t have had it no other way. I look at my dads hands and they look so old but I know that he goes underground everyday for his family and he too wouldn’t have it any other way. When I ask him if he likes working underground and he will just say that is all daddy knows baby. I know that these men were someones hero just like my dad is to me. There is nothing I can say that will make this any easier but I hope you know that everyone is praying for all of you guys.

53 Sheri Kyle-Stump | Apr 7 at 8:43 am

Rest assured that many, many prayers are going up for you and your loved ones at this difficult time. Words maybe cannot express the sorrow we feel, but God does hear our prayers and He will give strength and comfort. God Bless You. Sheri and Zack

54 M Bartron | Apr 7 at 8:45 am

Please know that you are in the hearts and prayers of my family. We are not originally from West Virginia but, since moving here in 1972, we have come to love this state and its people. When someone experiences a tragedy such as this, we grieve for and with them. Our deepest condolences to the families who have suffered from this horrible event.

55 Ann Crabtree | Apr 7 at 8:48 am

May God be with all of you at this time of your loss of your father, uncle, friend, husband, or cousin. I lost an Uncle in 1959 in the mines. These men are very brave to go into the mines to support their families and get us coal for electricity and heat. West Virginia is a great place to live, because the people are caring about their friends and neighbors. Morgantown, WV

56 Sabrina Cave | Apr 7 at 8:49 am

Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the coal miner’s families. God bless you all!

57 Charylene StClair | Apr 7 at 8:49 am

My thoughts and prays go out to everyone involved in this tragedy. Morgantown,WV

58 Scott & T. Maxwell | Apr 7 at 8:50 am

There are not enough words to begin to express our sorrow for your loss. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this. I pray that God will give you all the strength you need in the days ahead to go on. Here in Rowlesburg a lot of people have our porch lights on and have been prayin since we heard about it.
May your heart be comforted with the comfort that only our loving God can give.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3

59 Cathy | Apr 7 at 8:50 am

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends of those we lost in yet another mining accident. May God be with you and all of your loved ones.

60 Bonnie | Apr 7 at 8:50 am

I am so sorry about your loss. My father was also a coal miner in West Virginia and was almost killed in a mining accident. I can not imagine what you must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

61 Cami | Apr 7 at 8:53 am

I come from Southern WV, right in the heart of the coal fields. Almost all of my family is employed by the coal mines and always have been. I know all too well what the families are going through. My father was killed in a mining accident in 2003. From a coal miner’s daughter to other coal mining families, I want to extend my deepest condolences and sympathies and I wish no one would have to go through this kind of ordeal. May God be with the families affected by this tragedy…I know all Mountaineers stand behind them.

62 Pam DeBarr | Apr 7 at 9:00 am

My heart goes out to the hardworking families of the victims of the recent coal mine disaster. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My mother’s family comes from Logan County WV and my Grandfather was a coal miner during the battle of Blair Mountain. My paternal Grandfather came from Poland to work in the mines as a young man. My
Father-in-Law and my husband also worked in the mines.

I realize how brave these men are, and are humbled by the rigid work they do for our country. This is a huge loss for us all. These men are the heart and soul of West Virginia and what we stand for.
Be Proud, and remember the good times shared with your loved ones. They will remain in our hearts forever?

63 Heather | Apr 7 at 9:01 am

You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

64 Carole | Apr 7 at 9:01 am

Words cannot truly express my feelings of sorrow for all the miners and their families. Please be assured of my prayers.

65 Pam Whitehouse | Apr 7 at 9:04 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families, and we will keep our porch light on.

My grandfather was once trapped for four days in a cave in, and lost an eye, but did not lose his life.

We are thinking of all of you, and send our healing thoughts to your community.

66 Libby | Apr 7 at 9:04 am

My prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time!

67 Sheila | Apr 7 at 9:06 am

My heart goes out to you and your families. Having come from a mining family from Raleigh/Fayette county, my heart goes out to you.

68 Debbie | Apr 7 at 9:10 am

My heart is heavy for your loss. Your fathers, sons, brothers and uncles were all heros in my eyes. I will never forget their sacrifice so I may live my life in comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.

69 Theresa | Apr 7 at 9:24 am

I am marrying a man that just retired from the coal mines. He was and still is very involved in union and his union brothers. I used to pray every day when he left for work. Please know that you are in many’s thoughts and prayers and those you have lost will be looking down on you until you meet again. Take solace in the fact that they don’t have to suffer in the dirt and muck any more. You have our heartfelt blessings to get you throughout every day from here on. God Bless all of you.

70 Mary Angel Blount | Apr 7 at 9:27 am

The folks who died in that mine were heroes—they knew how dangerous it was, yet they continued to work there for their families. Maybe Massey Energy will do more now than just pay the fines. Maybe they’ll make the mines safer. But they won’t do anything unless we advocate for it. Now that the nation’s and the world’s attention is on them, now is the time.

71 Terri Shrewsbury | Apr 7 at 9:27 am

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during the horrible time!! May you find comfort to get thru this. Coal Miners are West Virginia’s Heros! I am so thankful for each of them!!

72 Pinto Pony | Apr 7 at 9:35 am

During disasters and mourning, we are all brother and sisters. Those of us who have lost a loved one share your hurt, pain, & tears.

73 Pradeep | Apr 7 at 9:35 am

Terrible tragedy beyond my expression, my prayers and thoughts with all the families affected.

74 Luka, Tara, Mira and Vlad | Apr 7 at 9:36 am

I am heartbroken by this tragedy. These miners are the authentic heroes of this country. We can’t thank them enough for everything they did for this great nation. May God bless families of our miners. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

75 V. Pastorial | Apr 7 at 9:40 am

My husband and his family have worked in the mining industry beginning with his grandfathers. We understand the danger and the possibility of tragedy each day. Our sympathy and prayers are with you.

76 M | Apr 7 at 9:45 am

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the untimely loss of ones so very dear.
A coalminers granddaughter

77 leah a. | Apr 7 at 9:48 am

These brave miners and their loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy for those that lost family or friends in this tragedy.

78 Steve&Pam Blouin | Apr 7 at 9:54 am

From the state of Indiana you are in are prayers

79 Deborah K | Apr 7 at 10:02 am

Words could never express the sorrow I feel for your community and families. My father worked in the coal mines for 45 years and I have two brothers as well as a husband who has worked in the coal mines of WV and PA. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who was touched by this tragedy.

80 Justin | Apr 7 at 10:02 am

My heartfelt sympathies are with you all during this trying time. May the sacrifices these men made pave the way to a safer future for all those who follow in their footsteps and lamplight.

81 Marilyn Oliver | Apr 7 at 10:08 am

To all the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you know that you are not alone.

82 Marianne | Apr 7 at 10:11 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the lost miners and their families. May God be with you.

83 Mrs E. Wilson | Apr 7 at 10:13 am

Our thoughts and prayers to all those effected by this terrible tragedy God Bless all the families.

84 Liz Post | Apr 7 at 10:15 am

At this time of great sadness, may it comfort you to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all West Virginians and the nation. May God bless each family member, friend, and co-worker of those that lost their lives or were injured in this terrible tragedy.

85 Terrie | Apr 7 at 10:17 am

Words may not be enough. What these brave heros do on a daily basis for West Virginia is immeasureable. Know that many people are praying for your families. May you find comfort in the love expressed by so many people whom you don’t even know. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, Your loss is ouur loss. May they become your guardian angels and May you find comfort in knowing they will always be with you. You are in our Thoughts and prayers. With heavy hearts, Love from Keyser, Ridgeley & Mt.Storm.

86 Marjorie | Apr 7 at 10:20 am

I am keeping you all in my prayers.

87 Kathy | Apr 7 at 10:21 am

We are so sorry to hear that you have to endure this tragedy. For this we have Jesus. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

88 Amber Tennant | Apr 7 at 10:23 am

Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult time of tragedy. May you have peace in your comfort and hope for a brighter future. May God strengthen you, uphold you and encourage you at this time and always.

89 The Duncan Family | Apr 7 at 10:24 am

Our prayers and thoughts have been with these families since the accident ocurred. May God wrap his arms around them and comfort them.

90 Amy Bacorn | Apr 7 at 10:26 am

My mom was a coalminers daughter. Her father passed away when she was a very young age and her mother raised her eight siblings. All the miners he worked with helped them every year at Xmas by filling up coal cars with food and gifts for her family. That was a memory my mom never forgot. God bless you and families and my god give you all strenth. Jake Mcvey has new song “Carry On” the song gives us strength daily. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

91 Brenda | Apr 7 at 10:26 am

Your braveness will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones left behind.

92 Samuel Crowe | Apr 7 at 10:38 am

From a WVU alumnus, my deepest condolences go out to those families who lost their loved ones in the mining accident in Raleigh County. Words can not express how deep my appreciation is for the miners who risk life and limb everyday to provide for their families, for the great state of West Virginia, and for this nation and beyond.

93 A.K. | Apr 7 at 10:42 am

The miners, their family, friends and coworkers are in my thoughts and prayers.

94 Perry | Apr 7 at 11:14 am

Our prayers go out to all of the miners’ families. The Upper Big Branch mine is just a few miles from Marsh Fork Elementary in Sundial, W. Va.

Pennies of Promise, Marsh Fork Elementary
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=2256931294

95 Donna Evans And Family | Apr 7 at 11:39 am

God bless all coal miners and there families. My family and I send are prayers and are deepest sympathy.

96 Courtney and Logan | Apr 7 at 12:29 pm

My family shares your grief and loss from this tragedy. We hold these miners and their families and friends closely in our thoughts and prayers.

97 Jack | Apr 7 at 12:52 pm

I just prayed for the miners and their families at Noon Mass St Patrick’s Church in Wash DC, God bless.

98 Tracy Stevens | Apr 7 at 12:58 pm

My family shares in your grief and your loss in this terrible tragady….My son-in-law and my future brother-in-law are both coalminers…You are in our
thoughts and prayers…God Bless You.

99 Sandra Whaley | Apr 7 at 1:29 pm

My prayer go out to you and your family. I was raised in West Virginia. My father God Rest his Soul was a miner. My brother Jackie and my two Nephews James and Daniel all work in the Coal Mines. everytime I hear about something happening in a MInes I think about them and pray for there safety. MY condolences go out to you and your families. May GOD be with you and your family as you press on knowing your Loved ones are in the Lords Hands. You are in my Prayer, Sandra Whaley Cruger, Misssissippi

100 Cindy | Apr 7 at 1:51 pm

My prayers and thoughts go out to each and every family member in this time of need. Being a Massey wife myself, I know the fear of my husband going underground everyday. But I could never imagine what these families are going through not even knowing the fate of their miners. God bless all of you.

101 Melissa | Apr 7 at 2:13 pm

Please be comforted in the knowledge that your fellow West Virginians are embracing you in this time of need and lifting you up in prayer as you grieve for your loved ones. We know all too well that miners, and certainly WV miners, are some the best guys on Earth. May God bless and keep you in this time of much need in your life.

102 Adrienne | Apr 7 at 2:27 pm

Words can’t express our deepest condolences to the families in the mining accident. Coal is West Virginia’s way of life and pride from this runs deep. Know fellow mountaineers are thinking of you and wishing you the best in your time of need. God bless.

103 Rita | Apr 7 at 2:34 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My dad was a coal miner for over 40 years. Stay strong.

104 Nicole | Apr 7 at 2:39 pm

May the Lord bless you and keep you in this time of sadness and grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the miners and their families. Nicole, Pennsylvania

105 Jeannine Burwell | Apr 7 at 3:00 pm

Our prayers are going up for each and everyone of you and for your lost loved ones. God bless and comfort you and embrace you in His loving arms.

106 castle girls | Apr 7 at 3:37 pm

Being from a small coal mining town in Eastern Kentucky all of us would like to send our prayers to those who have lost friends and family. We all know the struggle that coal mining families face everyday and we all fear that this type of tragedy will occur. I myself i am the wife of a coal miner and the daughter of a coal miner. So my heart goes out to all of those who are suffering from the loss of loved ones.

107 misty | Apr 7 at 4:03 pm

My prayers and thoughts go out to each and every family affected by this tragedy. May god bless each and everyone one

108 Z.J. | Apr 7 at 5:13 pm

May God give you comfort and strenghth at this difficult time, my prayers are with you.

109 Megan | Apr 7 at 5:37 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God is watching over you all.

110 Jan | Apr 7 at 6:06 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by this tragic loss—friends, family and all people of the great state of West Virginia.

111 Diane | Apr 7 at 6:09 pm

My daddy was a miner for many years. My mom and I know the fear that this kind of tragedy will occur while your husband or Daddy is at the mine. May God bless and keep you as you walk through this terribly difficult time. The hearts and prayers of a nation are truly with you.

112 AP | Apr 7 at 6:44 pm

Though words cannot take away the pain or ease the heartache felt by all those affected I would like to give my condolences to all families involved and let them know that they are in my prayers. The miners who died in the explosion will always be remebered and in the hearts of West Virginians everywhere.

113 Patricia | Apr 7 at 7:00 pm

My sincere condolences to all the family members of the miners. May you find strength in prayer and loved ones during the most difficult time.

114 C. Cook | Apr 7 at 7:06 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones in this disaster. As a West Virginian, I feel the hurt of losing these West Virginia miners, and the pride of being one of these people. It’s way past time for these big coal companies to stop abusing our state and our people. It’s been going on for well over 100 years now. I realize that West Virginia is VERY dependent on coal production, but there has to be a better way to extract the coal other than destroying our state and our people to do it. May God be with us all here in West Virginia.

115 Lucy | Apr 7 at 8:57 pm

My heart and tears go out to the families of the miners. I have travelled all through WV, due to my keen interest in coal mining history. I have made friends with wonderful people in those remote hollows. I may live in a big city in Canada but my heart is in Appalachia with the people who risk their lives every day for a living. This disaster shouldn’t be happening in 2010. Mining will always be dangerous but Massey Energy needs to stop violating safety rules and be truly accountable.

116 Deborah Deatherage | Apr 7 at 9:34 pm

I want you all to know that my husband and I are keeping you all in our prayers. I cannot imagine the lost that you feel and I pray that God can heal that hurt and let you find peace. We both fight mountaintop removal BUT this goes beyond that, this is y’all suffering and please know that we are praying for y’all daily. I cannot imagine my husband leaving and never coming home. God Bless you all and hold you during these rough times.

117 Lenora | Apr 7 at 10:49 pm

As a West Virginia native, I had relatives that worked in mines years ago, and I know the work they did was hard and dirty. But they never complained. MY family wants to let everyone know, we are thinking of you in this sad time. God Bless everyone.

118 Mary | Apr 7 at 11:26 pm

Born in WV – living in Durham, NC – My heart goes out to the families, co workers, and friends of the men who’s lives have been cut short because of this tragedy. My utmost respect goes to them for the dangerous job they do on a daily basis to earn a decent living. God will
hold you in the palm of his hand and in the coming days you will find comfort in HIS love for you. Lifting you up in prayer.

119 K.R. | Apr 7 at 11:46 pm

My father is a WV coal miner and I have watched this tragedy unfold from my North Carolina home. Tonight, my porchlight remains on in remembrance of the great men who lost their lives and in honor of the great men and women who will continue to sacrifice to support their families and our country. I am proud to say I am a coal miner’s daughter and a part of the mining “family.” May God bless you and bring you strength.

120 Phyllis Snead | Apr 8 at 12:49 am

As the daughter of a retired coal miner, I want to express my deepest sympathy, as I consider all of us family. You are in my thoughts and prayers and my hope is that God will grant you the peace that passes all understanding. Know that you are not alone as all of West Virginia, and I suspect the nation stand with you, and are praying for you.

121 Bob Toye | Apr 8 at 12:54 am

I feel as if I have lost some of my own, so I know your pain must be so much greater. Bless you all.

122 MARY RANSON | Apr 8 at 3:11 am

FROM MY FAMILY TO YOUR FAMILY MY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU IN THIS TIME OF NEED JUST REMEMBER THEY ARE WITH GOD NOW AN SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL SEE THEM AGAIN
PRAYER ARE WITH ALL OF THE FAMILYS

123 Pat O'Malley | Apr 8 at 5:26 am

My sincerest and deepest sympathies to you all.
My husband is a union ironworker and I know that the phone call can come at any time.

We MUST change the way we handle disasters.
Please read this.

http://www.examiner.com/x-14931-Pittsburgh-Public-Policy-Examiner~y2010m4d8-We-must-change-the-way-we-handle-disasters

124 Nancy L Knight | Apr 8 at 6:18 am

My heart, my constant prayers and thoughts are with the families and all that are helping the families involved in any aspect of rescue and relief. It’s a hard job, mining. It takes a very special family to live this way of life. God Bless these families and just know that so many people around the nation are praying for you. May God have mercy on those that cause harm.

125 Patricia | Apr 8 at 7:02 am

May God Bless you all and hold you during these rough times. My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones in this disaster.

126 "SuNsHiNe" | Apr 8 at 7:02 am

My heartfelt sympathies go out to each and everyone of you.We have been praying for y’all.I know what your going through and what you feel.My uncle Chuck is still entombed in the farmington#9 mine-1968.We are a coal mining family.May peace be with those who have lost their lives,and may solace come to those they have left behind.”COAL MINERS ARE OUR WEST VIRGINIA HEROS”.RAISE YOUR HAND TO HEAVEN!!

127 Tracey Barker | Apr 8 at 8:41 am

My father, James Stewart, was a coal miner at that mines for years. I keep thinking how it could have been him – and it truly is ALL of us at the same time. Live for those you lost so not to allow their death be in vain. Hold those you love close to you and never give so much of yourself away for another person’s cause that you find you one day have nothing left. May God bless you

128 Derek Richard | Apr 8 at 9:17 am

May God bless you all and comfort you in this terrible time. We are thinking about you in the Eastern Panhandle of WV.

129 Eric Dunlap | Apr 8 at 10:28 am

Physically, I long ago left West Virginia and Raleigh County, but my heart will always be among the hills and people of the Mountain State. I grieve for your loss. I see the interviews and comments on CNN of those who have lost loved ones. Their inner strength is miraculous and makes me even more proud of my home state and county. May God be with you. May he touch you and lift you up in this dark time.

130 Dave | Apr 8 at 10:43 am

In my prayers.

131 M.Rhyne | Apr 8 at 12:22 pm

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone involved in this horrible tragedy. You don’t truly appreciate what “our” miners do for us on a daily basis until there is a terrible accident that causes someone to lose a loved one. I saw Mr. and Mrs. Davis on the Today Show this morning. I literally broke down in tears. Mr. Davis speaking of us son was heart wrenching.

If anything good can come out of this, I would hope there can be better safety for ALL miners in the United States. I country as rich as ours should take care of our mining workers.

God Bless all the families affected by this horrible tragedy. I hope God gives you Peace.

132 tom mc guigan | Apr 8 at 12:34 pm

As a retired miner from Nova Scotia Canada I unstand the pain the familys are going through and I also realize the big companys only care for the dollar amount they are losing not about our falling brothers and their familys mayGod be with you allways our prayers are with you.

133 Rich & Donna | Apr 8 at 4:28 pm

Know that you are not alone in your grief. We support all the families and admire the hard work the miners perform each day. May God give you comfort and peace.

134 Wes, Janelle, Ashton & Whitley Frame | Apr 8 at 6:40 pm

Each of you are in thoughts & prayers as we continue to stand strong in our faith. May God be with each of you as you are going through this and know that many people are praying for you. May God also be with our rescue workers, all their hard work & efforts don’t go unnoticed. May God forever hold you gently in the palm of HIS hand…..
WV

135 Train and Pat Morris | Apr 8 at 7:38 pm

All the people in our home state are in our prayers.God bless and watch over you at this very difficult time.
Sarasota Florida

136 Gerri /clifford | Apr 9 at 9:47 am

My heart and prayers go out to the miners and their families in this terrible tragedy. may God watch over each and every one of you. GOD BLESS

137 melissa , rocky and Cheyenn Polce | Apr 9 at 9:47 am

I have thought of all of you everyday keep watching and praying for all the families. My Uncle was killed in Sago and I will never forget those days waiting for the answers staying by the road because my mom wanted to be there when her brother came out of the mines. Unfortunatly he never did. I wish there was something I could do to help but unfortantly ther is nothing. My mother still finds it hard and has also been watching and praying its like a pc of her is gone with my Uncle Terry. My husband is also a coal miner and many of our friends. Our community is praying for all of you. Love and prayers to each and every person and may your faith in God stay strong. Prayers that your family stays strong also sometimes it can tear it apart. A family that prays together stays together. We

138 Trevor | Apr 9 at 11:21 am

that is so sad what happened to them i cried on the inside when i heard about the event in biology the other day

139 Deborah Long | Apr 9 at 11:21 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the brave miners that lost their lives may they rest in peace in Heaven with God. And may God watch over the families and give them strength, guidance and love through this unbearable time. My heart breaks for all of you and I have been praying everyday for all of you and will continue to pray for you. May God bless you all.
Debbie Long
Pittsburgh, PA

140 Mary Ann | Apr 9 at 1:49 pm

My prayer go out to the people that lost a family member in this tragedy. I pray that God watches over your family in this time. I myself come from a long line of coal miners and know the hardship that it creates losing a family member. My heart breaks for you guys every time I hear or read a story about this tragedy, know that God is with you in this time of need, he’ll give you the strength and courage to make it through and these guys that lost their life are looking down on you from heaven.

141 Tracy | Apr 9 at 3:43 pm

The heart just crumbles from this kind of news because here in West Virginia so many of us have direct connections to the mines. God bless the miners who died and their families.

142 Allison L | Apr 9 at 11:12 pm

Being a WV girl born and bred this breaks my heart. I am no longer living in WV but I miss it everyday and seeing the state join together in this time of tradegy makes me want to come back home! My heart goes out to all the families and friends, God bless each one of you. I am so proud to be West Virginian!

All my memories gather ‘round her,
Miner’s lady, stranger to blue waters.
Dark and dusty painted on the sky,
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eye.

Country roads, take me home,
To the place where I belong,
West Virginia, mountain mama,
Take me home, country roads.

143 Rhonda Dalton | Apr 10 at 1:31 am

To the families that have lost loved ones in this tragedy, I am so sorry and my prays and thoughts are with you. My Daddy was a caol miner for 25 years and was lucky enough to escape with only two accisents, but with each one it made me think “What couls have happened?”. To each family, you are strong and brave beyon belief and you are the people that are now heros for being able to say you lost someone you love out of love. Either for thier family, themselves or following in the footsteps of someone else. Each one of these men were there for a job so that every American could have affordable energy, help our economy and to just work. These brave men have thier lives to better all our own and I am proud to stand outside tonight and say a prayer for each of them and to thank them for what they gave.
To the families of these men, there is no way to say how sorry I am. There is nothing I can say to make it better. I am praying for all of you and thinking of you every day. The wives, family and kids of these heros should always be remembered as that, heros. Men that gave thier lives for everyone in the U.S.

Sincerely.
Rhonda F. Dalton

144 Tammy Kellock | Apr 10 at 3:27 am

I have been watching this on the news and hoping for a miracle. I am so sorry that it was not what everyone had hoped for, if it helps the men that did make it out are a miracle. I am not from WV, but watching your love, strength and friendship made me what to be. If anything can be learned from this tragedy, unity and courage is what you fine people have showed us all. LET ANGELS ON THE WING OF NIGHT, GUIDE YOU TO THE MORNING LIGHT! God Bless You All!

145 Johnny | Apr 10 at 11:01 am

YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS

146 Susan, PA | Apr 10 at 11:48 am

This latest mining tragedy has brought many communities together to pray. It should not take something of this nature to bring families together in prayer. We should pray everyday and thank the Lord for what we have been given. The time spent with loved ones is precious and memories created unforgetable. These miners knew that, and went into the darkness every day to provide for their families and for all of us. Yes, they are definitely heros. My dad was a miner. I had many relatives that worked in the mines also. We worried (and still worry) about miners every day. I hope that Massey is held accountable, because with technology now available, no miner should have to fear going to work, or fear not making it home. They are now home in heaven and our prayers are with them and their families. God Bless!

147 Krissy S | Apr 10 at 1:25 pm

I send my prayers, love and support to the families of the miners. You have all been in my thoughts this week and I have been praying for you everyday. Most of my Dad’s family is from southern WV and I have spent a lot of time there as well. My grandfather worked in the mines in Mercer and McDowell for many years as well as several of my other relatives. I have the greatest respect for coal miners and the work they do. I am so very sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Your loved ones are gone, but will never be forgotten.

Krissy S.
Morgantown, WV

148 Al Olsen | Apr 10 at 6:18 pm

My heart goes out to all of the families and friends that have lost loved ones in this tragedy. Nothing I can say will make it go away but as an alumnus of West Virginia University I still fell like I am a true West Virginian even though I no longer live in the state. Most people do not know how important the coal mined in West Virginia is to the US economy. May those lost never be forgotten and may God relieve your sorrow. God Bless all of you.

Al Olsen

149 Stephanie | Apr 10 at 8:46 pm

With deepest sympathies and wishes for peace in your hearts with the passing of these brave men. My father is also a coal miner.

150 Becky D | Apr 10 at 10:34 pm

Words cannot begin to express how deeply sadden I have been this week hearing the updates from the Upper Big Branch. To the 29 men who were taken from this Earth, please watch over your families and help be a guiding light for them as they begin to pick up the pieces and move on. To the families, I pray that God is with you through your time of sorrow and need. WVU sends its love, prayers, support and sympathy.

May the angels lead you into paradise.

151 Susan Nohorseswoman | Apr 11 at 1:35 pm

Let me say how every much I admire your beautiful, strong faith in Creator. I do not know what it would be like to be a miner, what I have witnessed on the TV and read on the Internet, I see a deep abiding faith, iron will, solid wisdom and the highest of level of integrity….My heart and prayers go out to the miner’s families, May Creator Bless and Love each and every one of you.I have lost members of my family suddenly, after the shock,pain and agony, Creator does give us Grace to not only bear our grief and lost but to become closer to His Will…Bless you. SNHW

152 susan steelman | Apr 11 at 2:19 pm

My prayers are with you everyday that follows this horrible loss of life and we have been there every minute since it happened. My father was a miner in PA and survived many cave ins, and my husband was born and raised in WV, his father a miner, also survived several disasters, My daughter a student at WVU has been following all news and supporting by wearing the colors BLUE and GOLD, we all share in your loss, but must commend you on your bravery and close knit families of all miners and the community. Prayers, and love from the Steelman family

153 Ginny shaw | Apr 11 at 3:08 pm

My heart breaks for all the families. My Dad and Mom both were from coal mining families and I lived my younger life in the coal villiages. My heart goes out to all. God Bless

154 susan | Apr 11 at 4:03 pm

Like so many people have said before me…words truly can not express how deeply saddened we all have been by the loss of the 29 men who were so tragically taken this past week. May God bless you and keep you through this difficult time. May you find comfort in the love and memories you shared with the one’s you’ve lost. They may be gone but never forgotten.

155 Kevin S. | Apr 11 at 6:56 pm

As a student nurse, I had the honor of being the sole delegate for the State of West Virginia this past week at the National Student Nurses Association convention. Multiple people from every single state came up to me and sent their condolences and heart felt wishes to all the families and friends of those affected. Your work is not forgotten and every single person there wanted you to know that. To the families, I pray may you find the support and strength to make it through this difficult time.

156 Margaret Stringer | Apr 11 at 7:06 pm

When I went through the loss of my husband, the Bible was so comforting to me. The following verses will comfort you:

Matthew 11.28: Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and i will give you rest. take my yoke upon you and learn from me – for i am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your soul for my yoke is easy and the burden is light.

Psalm 30.5: weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 31.7: i will be glad and will rejoice in your love for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.

Psalm 40.2: he lifted me out of the mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 71: god, thank you for using everything good in my life, even what i am facing now; it gives me hope for the days to come. amen.

157 Erin | Apr 11 at 7:46 pm

Nothing is harder than the loss of a loved one. May you find peace in knowing that your loved ones are looking down upon you and know that they will be with you always.

158 Patti Weddle | Apr 11 at 8:42 pm

My father worked in the coal mines in West Virginia and Virginia and was in a coal mine exposion in 1958 and by God’s grace, lived another 10 years. We as children, were so proud of him. My family and I are so sorry for the heartache and lost of these dear hard working people and we pray that their love ones can some day make some sense of their tragic loss. This is so sad and they will always be remembered. God Bless Our Coal Miners and their Families.

159 Dachao Nie | Apr 11 at 10:43 pm

I am from China and I am studying Mining Engineering department of WVU. I know how bad for the coal industry experiencing this and how sad their families feel. As future Mining Engineer, i have the responsibility to avoid this to happen, thus i have to study harder and harder for future mine safety.

160 Donna - WWAHHMpreneur | Apr 12 at 8:35 am

Our family is praying for you all that the Lord will be your comfort and that changes will be made to make things better in mines all over the world from now on.

God bless you and your little ones.

161 Janice Finke | Apr 12 at 11:37 am

To the dear folks in W.V.May God bless and keep you my his face shine upon you and give you peace.Amen

162 CATHY MORRIS | Apr 12 at 3:31 pm

THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILYS OF THESE BRAVE WONDERFUL COAL MINERS.MY FATHER WAS A COAL MINER FOR 38 YEARS AND WHEN I REACHED THE AGE THAT I REALIZED THE DANGER HE PUT HIMSELF IN DAILY I THEN BEGAN TO APPRECIATE EVERY MOMENT I SPENT WITH HIM. I REMEMBER ONE TIME GOING OVER TO A MINE WHERE HE WORKED AND WAITING ALONGSIDE FAMILYS FOR ANY WORD OF THERE LOVED ONES. MY FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT EXPLOSION HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SQUIRREL SEASON-HE WORKED 6 TO 7 DAYS A WEEK BUT ONCE IN A WHILE WOULD TAKE A DAY TO ENJOY HUNTING WITH HIS BROTHERS AND NEPHEWS. I THANK GOD EVERYDAY FOR THAT DAY,KNOWING THAT I COULD HAVE LOST HIM AT A VERY EARLY AGE.COAL MINERS, ESPECIALLY WV COAL MINERS, ARE A VERY SPECIAL BREED OF PEOPLE AND ARE AMOUNG THE HIGHEST HEROES AROUND. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR LOVED ONES ENTERED THAT MINE PROUD OF WHAT THEY DID EVERYDAY FOR THE USA AND FOR WONDERFUL WV. HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH AND LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOUR LOVED ONES WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST. THEY WERE PROUD WV COAL MINERS.

163 Kentuckians For The Commonwealth | Apr 13 at 9:03 am

We at Kentuckians For The Commonwealth send our condolences to the families of the lost miners. Our organization began in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, and our members have always included coal miners, active and retired, along with many relatives of miners. We know the remarkable courage and work ethic of miners who risk their lives every day to support their families and supply energy to our country. They are truly heroes, and the deaths of your loved ones are a devastating loss for our country and especially those of us who live in mining communities. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

164 Kimtraila Williams | Apr 13 at 10:13 am

I am writing to express to you my greatest sympathy as you cope with the passing of your (family member(s). Praying that you’ll sense God’s Presence. Inthis time of grief. And feel God’s love. Surrounding you, and Know His Peace, and wipes each fear you cry, you never need to feel alone. For He’ll never leave your side. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to you and your family during what must be the most trying of times. Wishing You The Best, Kimtraila Williams

165 Shelby Hermanson | Apr 13 at 4:04 pm

I have watched and prayed that the last four men from this horrific tragedy would be found safe, but that was not in God’s will. From one who has suffered the loss of my oldest son at age 21 in a construction accident, I realize the grief and shock one suffers. I don’t know the reason behind why these things happen, but I know our Lord and Savior does. At a time like this, know that people from everwhere, like here in Georgia, are praying for each and everyone of you and your families. Allow God to carry you through, and know that one beautiful day you will be reunited with your loved ones. God bless you all.

166 Sandra Lanton | Apr 13 at 4:54 pm

My prayers are with you. May God bless all of you!

167 Ruth Barber Oliver | Apr 14 at 9:21 am

My deepest sympathy to every family and friend left with this deep sorrow and grief. My father, uncles, brother and husband braved the mines for a living. I am grateful for the many blessings their hard work provided. May God bless each one of you in your sorrow and give you peace.

168 The Price Family | Apr 14 at 4:34 pm

Our deepest sympathy for each family that has to go through this difficult time. Words can not express the losses each has had to deal with in the past days. The work each of them did every day did not go unnoticed. Their bravory and willingness to go in the mines so deep in the ground takes a special person. May God By With Each of You!

169 carl shoupe & Family | Apr 14 at 10:04 pm

Our deepest respect and prayers are with these brave individuals who were supporting a family. As a disabled coal miner from Central Appalachia and with a son who presently works underground to help supply this countries energy needs all the families who were affected by this terrible tragedy will be in our prayers. Only God can get us through!

170 Roberta Paro | Apr 14 at 11:45 pm

Sitting here with a light and a computer being powered by electricity that may come from coal I want to express my heartfelt connection and sorrow for your loss and gratitude for the sacrifice you and your community have made.

171 Vicki Morris | Apr 15 at 9:07 am

We can never understand this loss, but know that the families and loved ones of these brave miners are in our thougths; and prayers for comfort, grace, and peace that passes understanding go with you.

172 adam cimino | Apr 15 at 11:40 am

my thoughts are with you.

173 Debbie and Eric | Apr 15 at 12:32 pm

We send our love and heartfelt sympathy to each and every family member and friends touched by this terrible tragedy.Please know that you are in our
thoughts and prayers everyday.

174 callie taylor | Apr 16 at 10:23 am

i sort of go with obama but its the companies jobs are very hard u have to understand it from their point of view without coal/oil/jewels we wouldn’t have that much money and even though money isn’t everything we still need it!!!!! Oh, I’m very sorry for what happened to the miners! They will all be in my prayers

175 Colleen from EKY | Apr 16 at 4:48 pm

You’all have been in my thoughts and prayers. It brings me great sorrow to think about your loss in the short and long-term. I lost my mother before her time, and I carry that pain with me even though others have moved on. As time moves forward and the accident becomes more of a memory, please know that there are people across the region who will continue to hold the memory of your loved ones in their hearts.

176 Karen Bosy | Apr 16 at 8:01 pm

Dear families,
Thank you for supporting and lifting up the WVU community in cheers and celebration for our students during sporting and other events. Please know the WVU community is holding you tight and lifting you up with faith and hope and love.
God Bless You All in your time of sorrow.
With sympathy,
A Virginia Mountaineer Mom

177 Mary Love | Apr 16 at 9:15 pm

As a former resident of Philippi WV I have been very upset about the deaths at Montcoal. My prayers and the prayers of the people in my church have been with you all. My prayers will continue to be with you in the months to come. Please know that many people are praying with and for you. May God grant you peace as you grieve.

178 T Boggess | Apr 16 at 11:24 pm

I am a granddaughter, daughter and now a wife of a WV coal miner. My heart is broken for each man lost in this horrible tragedy and his family. I can’t hear about or see anything on tv involving these families without breaking down in tears. I am so proud and respectfull of every man that risks his life everyday in these underground coal mines in order to better the lives of others and this country. My thoughts and prayers are with coal miners and their families. Morgantown WV.

179 Sally Ann Hinterer | Apr 17 at 7:19 am

I, too, have family that have worked the mines and I know the passion with which our miner’s work for the betterment of all of us. I share my deepest condolescences and want you to know that I have the highest respect for your loved ones who were lost, for what they have contributed to our lives, and I know that being the family of a coal miner is a lifestyle that many cannot understand. May God richly bless you and hold you close during this time and for always.

180 The Hunter Family | Apr 17 at 9:58 am

We couldn’t believe the sad news when we heard it. We are praying for those who have lost loved ones and wish you and your families all the best.

181 The Hurley's | Apr 17 at 11:58 am

My son attends WVU and although we never lived in WV we consider it our “other” home and family. Our hearts go out to all the miners and their families. Please know that we will continue to pray for you all. May you take comfort in knowing there are 29 more angels in heaven to watch over you. God bless.

182 Ken & Amy | Apr 17 at 4:45 pm

Our thoughts are prayers are with all who have been touched by this tragedy. May God be with all of you.

183 Feehan Family | Apr 18 at 12:45 pm

Although we are not residents of West Virginia, your community has captured the heart and soul of our son, Thomas, who is a freshman at WVU. Thomas grew up in Northern Virginia, however, he has developed a strong connection to the WVU community. It is apparent from his sense of belonging that the spirit of the miners lost and their loved ones have impacted the West Virginia communities around them. Please know that your loved one’s legacy in performing a dangerous job was a committment to his fellow men. We pray that Jesus lifts you daily so you always feel close to your loved one.

184 Chuck and Peggy Bailey | Apr 18 at 12:59 pm

I grew up across from a coal tipple in Montgomery WV. My neihbors were miners. Peggy’s father was a coal miner. Our family recognizes the hard work and sacrifice the miners make. Our deepest sympahty to the families of these brave miners.

185 Tina and Andy | Apr 18 at 5:25 pm

We live in Virginia and have a son who attends WVU. Because of our connection with WVU, we feel like we are a part of the state of West Virginia. We have closely followed the news, always hoping for a sign of light. We want you to know that your neighboring state of Virginia has felt your pain. We all have and will keep you in our deepest thoughts and prayers. The entire nation feels a great loss.

186 Dave Turner | Apr 19 at 12:49 pm

I was a coal miner and member of a mine rescue team in Western Pennsylvania. I lost a friend and brother miner in an explosion in 1983. Let me say that time is the great healer, but that memories of that time have never, ever faded. Vivid memories of your fateful day will linger as well. Devote yourselves to the loved ones you have and to the memories of loved ones departed. May God grant you the courage to always put safety first. God bless you all.

187 Lisa | Apr 19 at 1:11 pm

Lean on each other and take good care of yourselves during this time of unspeakable sorrow. Turn to God for comfort. So very sorry for all the families. Thinking of you all and praying for your broken hearts.

Sincerely

188 Cari Carpenter | Apr 27 at 10:44 pm

This event has made me more than ever aware of the lengths you all go to in providing energy for the rest of us. May such heartbreak never happen again.

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