Marty Bennett was a coal miner with 29 years of experience, including work at operations thatÂ practiced “retreat mining.”Â He died atÂ age 51 at theÂ Sago mine in January 2006, along with 11 other coal miners.Â Today, his family organized a letter of supportÂ for the Crandall Canyon miners’ families from victim-families ofÂ previousÂ coal mining fatalities.Â Their letter wasÂ publishedÂ in theÂ Salt Lake City Tribune.Â (Full text below)Â Â
To the families,Â
Not many people can actually say what your hearts are feeling. We want you to know that this family can.Â We are the family of Sago miner Marty Bennett.Â
We want you to know that we are praying for all your miners and the entireÂ State of West Virginia have you in their thoughts. Please know the Lord Jesus Christ died and paid for our sins and that he loves us more than weÂ can ever imagine. Never give up hope. Put your trust in the Lord and know that his plan is always the perfect plan. We may not understand that plan and sometimesÂ those plans take a route we do not like.Â Â We have hope for your miners and will continue to have that hope until we are told differently.
Please accept these heartfelt comments and know thatÂ you are not alone in your grief and pain at this time. Pray withoutÂ ceasing for your miners as we will do the same here.Â
I, Pamela Campbell, along with all the other Sago Families, Peggy CohenÂ (Fred Ware), Debbie Hamner (Jr. Hamner), the Terry Helms Family, Samatha Lewis (David Lewis), the Jim Bennett Family, the Jessie Jones Family, the Marshall Winans Family, the Jackie Weaver Family, the Tom AndersonÂ Family, the Jerry Groves Family, the Martin Toler Family, along with Mr. RandallÂ McCloy,Â and the Kentucky Darby Families and the Aracoma/AlmaÂ FamiliesÂ have fought longÂ and hard trying to get laws passed to insure that the mines our loved onesÂ enter are as safe as they can be.Â Â
We would like you to know that if we can help you or do anything for youÂ at this time, please do not hesitate to contact us…Â Again, we pray for your miners and we are praying for you families.
With love and concern,
The Marty Bennett Family:Â Judy (wife), Russell (Son), Bobby Jo (daughter-in-law), and all Marty’s family.