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September 12, 2014


The Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) Lively Grove Mine Rescue Team competed and placed first at the Illinois State Mine Rescue Contest in Marion, Illinois yesterday. The competition was sponsored by the Illinois Mining Institute during their 122nd Annual Event and Meeting. Eighteen teams from coal mines across Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky competed for top accolades, exhibiting their ability to respond to a potential emergency rescue.

Mine rescue contests are designed to sharpen skills and test the knowledge of team members who could be called upon to respond to a mine emergency. The contest requires team members to solve a hypothetical problem, while being timed and observed by judges, according to complex rules. PSGC’s Mine Rescue Team received three trophies for their first place finish, with the most prestigious being the Governor’s Trophy.

“As a relatively new team, this win is a significant accomplishment. The safety of our employees is Prairie State’s core value, and we appreciate the Mine Rescue Team’s dedication to training and ensuring their readiness in the event they are called upon to aid in the rescue of their colleagues or the mining industry at large,” said Paul Krivokuca, PSGC’s Senior Vice President of Mining Operations.
Congratulations on a job well done!

Pictured above is the PSGC team with their first place trophies. Kneeling from left: Mark Gill, Matt Geralds and Raul Guillermo. Standing from left: Darrin Fizer, Paul Dunk, Trent Cross, Tim Henry, Matt Webb and Dan McLean.