Public Service Today For Idaho Miner Larry Marek - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Public Service Today For Idaho Miner Larry Marek

KHQ.COM - You can pay your respects to Idaho miner Larry Marek later today. At 5 p.m. a public service will be held in the Kellogg high school gym.

Marek's family has asked that if you plan to attend please wear casual clothing including hunting and mining attire. The family also suggests donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

PREVIVOUS COVERAGE

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is promising a thorough investigation into the death of an Idaho silver miner whose body was found in the Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan.

Larry Marek's body was recovered Sunday, and it appears he died during the initial cave-in of the mine tunnel's roof on April 15. Solis on Monday sent condolences to Marek's family, friends and co-workers.

She says the Mine Safety and Health Administration will investigate the cause of the roof collapse. Solis says no miner should have to die for a paycheck.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

KHQ.COM - The operator of a northern Idaho silver mine says workers have recovered the body of a miner who was trapped when a tunnel collapsed. Hecla Mining Co. says the body of 53-year-old Larry Marek was discovered Sunday afternoon.

Marek and his brother, Mike, had just finished watering down blasted-out rock and ore in the mine when the ceiling collapsed in a 6,150-foot deep tunnel April 15th. Mike Marek escaped unharmed.

Crews labored around the clock to dig through the collapsed debris and build a second intersecting tunnel to reach Marek, but by Sunday officials had determined he could not have survived.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

As a follow-up to this morning's release, Hecla confirms that this afternoon we recovered Larry Marek from the 15 stope. The family was notified. Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of our friend, colleague and 30-year veteran of the mining industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends.

We will begin our in-depth investigation to discover how and why this happened.
At the request of Larry's family and friends, we ask that you respect their privacy. Hecla appreciates everyone's understanding and support in this regard.

A video message from Phil Baker, Hecla President and CEO is available on the homepage of our website at www.hecla-mining.com.

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