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2013 Miners Celebration awards celebrate people of industry

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BECKLEY, W. Va (WVVA)-- The 2013 Miners' Celebration at Tamarack is all about giving back to those who keep the industry alive.

People from all aspects of the trade were awarded for their outstanding achievements.

"People see the coal cars going down the road and they don't notice all the professionalism from the environmental to the engineering professionals, all the way from the miners down to the very bottom, that went into that," said Dennis Jarvis II.

Senator Joe Manchin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant were also in attendance.

Scott Lancianese, who's been a coal miner for 36 years, won the Homer Hickam Collier award for his work.

"It's nice to know that somebody sees that dedication," he said. "That not just me but all coal miners have. We really want to do it or we wouldn't be doing it."

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