MACKEY TAKES FIRST PLACE IN PRE-SHIFT CONTESTSDavid Mackey, team member on the Kentucky Coal Academy/Madisonville Community College Mine Rescue Team, took 1st place in the 2014 West Kentucky Mine Institute Annual Pre-Shift Contest held in Madisonville on May 22. Mackey also placed first in the 2014 Indiana State Pre-Shift Contest held on June 4-5 in Vincennes, Indiana.
Pre-Shift contests judge the ability of the Mine Examiner to find and correct any hazard or condition that could affect the safety and health of coal miners. Mackey is employed by KenAmerican Resources at the Paradise mine near Central City. He has been a KCA/MCC team member for 4 years and currently serves as the mapman on the team.