A local mine rescuer won big at a national competition.
According to the Carlsbad Current Argus, Richard West of New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been inducted into the “National Mine Rescue Hall of Fame.”
The induction happened last week when West was in Kentucky for the Annual Mine Rescue Competition.
It’s designed to test the skills of those called to respond to mine emergencies and prepare them for actual rescue situations.
West has been the team’s trainer for the last 14 years and has claimed three national titles.