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Historic Marker
Dedicated
07-29-06


~~~ REALLY COMMON REACTIONS ~~~


This is about common people in a common rural comnunity, who hold common jobs BUT, two uncommon events have challenged everything that had made them == well == common!

Two events less than one year apart whose locations of happening just ten miles apart in the Laurel Highlands of the state of Pennsylvania near the community of Somerset!


The name of Somerset, PA came to the eyes and ears of people around the world like a bolt of lightning piercing the peacefulness of a farm field near by!

The fourth commercial airliner overtaken by terrorists on SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 and being retaken by heroic passengers plunged out of control to that ground below.

Some of the last words
"LET'S ROLL"

FLIGHT 93

have become a byword of the people of the Somerset area -- until "JULY 28, 2002"!

The new number slogan addition --- "NINE FOR NINE" !

That was the day that captured the eyes and ears of people around the world when NINE coal miners were trapped in the mine when they accidently drilled through the mine wall into an unknown location of an abandoned coal mine shaft filled with water and came rushing into their mine shaft trapping them from any escape.

They found "safety" in a higher air pocket, until rescuers on the surface drilled a shaft enabling the miners to be pulled out to safety.

This is the pictorial story of the dramatic rescue!


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TOP photo shows Governor Mark Schweicker of Pennsylvania as he tells the world "THEY ARE ALL ALIVE AND WELL !"
BOTTOM photo sums up the happiness around Somerset, PA --- "9-4-9" !


A tiny flag on place on a rock that covers the hole the rescue of the nine miners serves as a temporary monument to the happy ending of a mine disaster -- ALL WERE SAVED!



[] {} [] The Pride Of Somerset [] {} []




TIME LINE OF THE MIRACLE.



Checking location for drilling!


Tapping to let the nine trapped miners the rescue is continuing despite the broken drill bit that halted it for some ten hours!



Tired workers catch a rest while broken drill bit is removed and drilling in Hole #1 can restart!

The damaged bit is finally brought to the surface and replaced by new one so final rescue work can resume!


Word is received that verbal contact had been made with the miners!


Before and after face of rescued miner!



Rescuers on the surface near the 30 inch recovery hole are elated upon seeing the last of the nine trapped tired, wet, dirty and hungry miners finally on the surface in the cage used to bring them all up!

The Governor [Right-front] helps carry the scretcher with the last rescued miner up the incline to medicial attention !

Governor gave a HIGH FIVE to newsmen on his way to tell everyone all nine miners were coming out!



"WE JUST
WANTED

TO LIVE !"



There were 18 miners in the mine shaft when the waters came thundering in when the wall was pierced into the adjacent abandoned mine shaft wih MILLIONS of gallons of water chasing after those miners.

The nine who would remain trapped for 77 hours quickly called back to the other nine who were able to escape!



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Workers/rescuers on the surface show jubilation when the last miner is free from the mine shaft!!
PRAISE THE LORD, INDEED!


"WE DID IT!" on the last hospitalized miner as he joins the other eight for a news conference Monday, July 29, 2002. THANK GOD, AMEN



Miners' helmets at the altar of the Somerset, PA Lutheran Church where a service of THANKS was held Sunday, August 4, 2002! AND: President George W. Bush meets with the rescued nine miners at a volunteer firehouse in a Pittsburgh suburb Monday, August 5,2002.





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THE PITTSBURGH

Coverage Index



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Somerset, PA


AMERICA UNDER ATTACK - SOMERSET, PA


SOMERSET COUNTY U.S. GEN WEB ARCHIVES


LOCAL SOMERSET DIRECTORY


SOMERSET COUNTY GOVERNMENT


BOROUGH OF SOMERSET


HISTORICAL CENTER


PITTSBURGH

WPXI-TV COVERAGE



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