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Member's Press Release

Release Date: 02/06/2018
Contact: Jacque Bland at (304) 357-7999


Randy Smith,Dave Sypolt


Statement from Senator Dave Sypolt and Senator Randy Smith on death of coal miner in Barbour County

Senator Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, and Senator Randy Smith, R-Tucker, issued the following statement on the death of Leonard W. Griffith today at the Sentinel Mine in Barbour County.

“On behalf of the entire West Virginia Senate, we are deeply saddened to learn about the death of Leonard W. Griffith this morning at the Sentinel Mine in Barbour County. The hardworking men and women of our state’s coal industry have a tremendously tough and often thankless job, and we are truly grateful for their dedication. Our thoughts and prayers are with Leonard's friends, family, and fellow coal miners as they remember his life in the coming days.”




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