(WASHINGTON) – The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union which represents workers at Mine Health and Safety (MSHA), today expressed condolences to the families of rescue workers killed or injured during an attempt to reach miners trapped at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah. Two of the rescue workers were AFGE members. Gary L. Jensen was killed and Frank E. Markosek was injured. Both were active members of AFGE Local 3416.
“We are deeply saddened by the events of the last few weeks involving the trapped miners and those who attempted to rescue them,” said John Gage AFGE National President. “Mine Health and Safety investigators are among the bravest, most selfless individuals in this nation. They risk their lives on a daily basis with the goal of ensuring the safety of our nation’s miners,” Gage added.
Frank Markosek suffered several broken bones and lacerations, but is expected to recover. Gary Jensen is survived by his wife, Lola, and four children, Amy, Hayley, Robbie, and Dustin.
Funeral services for Gary Jensen will be Wednesday, August 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 98 W. 400 North, Salina, UT at 12:00 noon. There will be a viewing/visitation on Tuesday August 21 from 6-8pm and Wed. from 10-11:30am at the same location.
There are two funds set up for those who wish to donate in lieu of flowers. Both are set up with Zion’s Bank, Huntington branch, P.O. Box 60, Huntington, UT 84528. One fund is titled Crandall Canyon Rescue Workers Donation Account. The other is titled The Gary L. Jensen account. Those who wish to donate to either account may make a deposit at any Zion’s Bank branch, by mail, or call 1-888-788-1099 to make a credit card donation over the phone.
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