ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC: PCXCQ) today announced that its mine rescue teams once again achieved outstanding results at the National Mine Rescue Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The competition included 87 teams from across the country.
The Company's Western Kentucky team placed second in the mine rescue competition and the bench competition, and third in the combination event. Patriot's Federal team placed third in the mine rescue event. In the associated state championships, the Western Kentucky team placed first for Kentucky in both the mine rescue and the bench competitions. In the West Virginia awards, the Company's Federal team placed first in the combination event, and its Southern Appalachia team took first place in the first aid competition.
Patriot's mine rescue teams are under the direction of G. Frank Foster, Patriot Director of Safety Compliance, who was recently inducted into the Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame.
"We would like to congratulate our mine rescue teams for their outstanding performance in last week's event. These well-deserved awards continue Patriot's tradition of excellent mine rescue teams and represent the culmination of many hours of practice and preparation," said Patriot President and Chief Executive Officer Bennett K. Hatfield. "We thank all of our team members for their dedication to these important life-saving skills."
About Patriot Coal
Patriot Coal Corporation is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern United States, with 11 active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. Patriot ships to domestic and international electricity generators, industrial users and metallurgical coal customers, and controls approximately 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves.
SOURCE Patriot Coal Corporation