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Governor and First Lady Justice issue statement on death of coal miner in Barbour County

March 26th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Justice issued the following statement after learning of the death of a coal miner in Barbour County. 

“Today, we lost another West Virginia hero,” he said. “Our brave coal miners go underground every day, providing the coal that powers our nation through electricity generation and steelmaking. Losing a brave miner is a tragedy beyond belief. Cathy and I will keep this man and his loved ones in our prayers and ask all West Virginians to join with us.”

Cecil Barker, of Phillipi, WV, was fatally injured Wednesday morning while working as a surveyor at Century Mining’s Longview Mine, located in Barbour County. Barker was 62 years old, and had 18 years of mining experience.