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Mining extension instructor makes Hall of Fame

Photo of John Sabo

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Jonathan Sabo, a mine rescue and fire brigade instructor with WVU’s Mining Extension Service, was inducted into the National Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame. Established by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who stand out as exceptional in the field of mine rescue. 

A native of Farmington, Sabo started his mining career in 1977 when he was hired at the Eastern Associated, Federal No. 2 Mine as a general inside laborer. He earned his mine foreman-fireboss certification in 1984 and joined the mine rescue team in 1986. He held numerous positions on the rescue team including map man, gas man and later captain, a position he held for 15 years. He also served as a mine health and safety committeeman for six years. 

The winner of numerous state and national titles in a variety of mine rescue events, Sabo gained numerous qualifications including first aid, emergency medical technician and firefighting. Over the years he assisted in rescue efforts during the Beckley mine fire, the Aracoma/Alma Mine fire and the Upper Big Branch explosion.