Tank's Poetry
united states mine rescue association
Mine Disasters in the United States

Mining Music

America's Mine Rescue Teams
Written by Mel Shaw for America's Coal Miners' CD
Copyright 2003 Fransuda Music Publishers. All rights reserved.

Safety . . . one word that means all is well . . .
Rescue call . . . two words that mean . . someone is in danger
Mine Rescue Team . . three words that mean life is precious to another
And there are unified hearts
dedicated to helping those who have fallen

A Mine Rescue Team exists with a mission
to insure that co-workers know
there are others who are concerned for their safety . . .

When they are called to action . . they respond.
When they are needed they stand . . .
When someone is down . . . they reach out a hand . . .

A Mine Rescue Team
is dedicated to the welfare of
those they may not even know
but feel as close to as family
Their motto . . . first ones in . . . last ones out

And for those who find their lives in peril . .
knowing there is a Mine Rescue Team
gives them hope to conquer their fears
creating an inner sense of not being alone . .

A feeling within their own personal faith
that in their hearts they believe
that no matter the danger
they will not be left on their own . . .

A Mine Rescue Team
is dedicated to helping their fellow man . . .
and they live by that creed

They maintain a strong commitment
to be counted on in a time of need . . .

They share a bond of strength
forged by the willpower of those
willing to answer the call
no matter when . . . no matter who . . .

There is an unending faith in the unity
of the family of co-workers . .
They share the belief
that every life is important . . .
and they know this to be true

A Mine Rescue Team that is never called upon
is as equally valued as one that is called . . .
for there is no difference in the resolve,
integrity and spirit of each team member

Mine Rescue Team...
Three words . . . that mean
"unified hearts dedicated to the safe return
of someone who has fallen "
And to the fallen it means two words . . .
Forever grateful . . .
First ones in . . . last ones out.

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