Family remembers miner killed underground in Harlan County

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The investigation continues into an underground mining accident that left a Bell County man dead.

Officials have finished their first round of interviews with witnesses, and Manalapan Mining Company's P1 mine in Harlan County will remain closed until further notice, as the family of 49 year-old David Partin is preparing for his funeral.

Partin's family said they are staying strong and remembering a man who was a fighter.

"He was pretty much the only father I ever knew. He raised me from the time I was six," said Matthew Russell, Partin's stepson.

Russell said Partin was a hard worker.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back if you asked him for it, would do anything for anybody," said Russell.

Partin was killed Wednesday in what investigators are calling a roof collapse at Manalapan Mining Company's P1 mine in Harlan County.

The 49-year old made his home in Bell County.

"He played football at Bell County High School - was a great football player," said Charles Hunter, Partin's cousin.

Partin served in the armed forces for six years.

"He didn't have a lazy bone about him. He was a worker," said Hunter.

Hunter said Partin had a heart of gold. And as the investigation continues into his death, family members said they will remember a man who was always helping others.

"He's humble, just an all around good hearted guy," said Russell.

Partin also leaves behind his wife Lisa and teenage daughter.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Arnett and Steele funeral home in Pineville. The family will receive friends Friday at 6 p.m.

Online MSHA records show Manalapan's P1 mine received a number of citations just last week.

Officials in Frankfort said the mine could be closed for some time as a lengthy investigation will be going on. Part of that includes interviewing those who were in the mine and saw the accident happen.

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