Following in the footsteps of his grandfather who took him underground for the first time when he was 12, Jeremy has close to a decade of mining under his belt. A car accident cost him a college basketball scholarship and he had to move back home and take a job in the mines. Jeremy was seriously injured in a rock fall that left him covered for more than 30 minutes underground. He was out of work for more than a month and was afraid to go back into “the hole,” but for the sake of his two daughters, faced his fear and now mining at Cobalt Coal.
Andy is a third generation miner born and raised in West Virginia. Andy works alongside his son Andrew, Jr. hoping to teach him the ropes before he retires. As the anchor of the Day Shift and commanding great respect from his co-workers, everyone refers to Andy is one of the best continuous miners in the state. Incredibly close to his son Andrew, he is glad that he’s following in his footsteps. When Andy was a young miner, he had a mentor that took him under his wing and believed in him and he hopes to do the same for his son.
Andrew is one of the youngest miners at Cobalt Coal and works on the day shift alongside his dad and mining legend Andy Christian Sr. Andrew wants to become a continuous miner operator just like his dad. Though it’s one of the most difficult and dangerous positions, it’s also one of the highest-paying jobs in the mine. Andrew knows that with his dad training him, he’ll be one of the best miner operators in the state, just like his dad.