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Host: Scott LaMar

Women in Politics / Quecreek Mine Rescue

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Jul 24, 2017 8:19 AM

The Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University has released a report examining the role of the female perspective in lawmaking and the need for a more balanced legislature.  Marie Cusick, sitting in for Scott LaMar, will speak to Dana Brown, Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics at Chatham University and State Representative Tina Pickett about the study.

Also, fifteen years ago, nine miners were trapped for more than three days in the Quecreek coal mine.  The rescue operation was treacherous and beset by many setbacks, but after 77 hours, all nine miners emerged, alive.  Smart Talk will look at the incident that caused the collapse and remember the heroic efforts of the rescuers who saved nine lives in Somerset County with Former Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess and Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker.

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Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker / Former Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess


- By chance, we were camping in Somerset County and it was a soggy, rainy weekend.  Everyone in the campground was closely following the rescue efforts.  I remember cheers throughout the campground as the miners were reached and brought to the surface.  I was impressed with our Lieutenant Governor and his dedication to seeing the rescue through to completion - especially when he never chose to profit politically!  At the 2003 Farm Show, I remember showing our (than) 3 year-old son the rescue module used.     - Donna

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