2024 Award Nominations Are Open!


40 Year Safe Miner Recognition and Hero Award

Nominate your 40 year safe miners! These are employees who have worked 40 years or longer in the Southeastern mining community without injury. This means they have not had any MSHA reportable incident. Here's your chance to recognize safe miners...and our chance to present them an award during our Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference.

Nominate your Hero miners! These are mine employees who have been part of a life saving event. Here's your chance to recognize hero miners...and our chance to present them an award during our Annual Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference.

The award presentation event will be held during the Opening Session on October 31, 2023 when mining professionals from across America will be present. The Conference Executive committee will review all of the nominations and honor the top 15 recipients from our mining community.

Each of these miners will be offered free attendance at the conference. Photos of each miner receiving the award will be provided.

Do not delay! Safe job performance should not go unrecognized. The best safety records always affect your bottom line and recognition of these miners will further your safety cause.

Please note that this honor can only be received once per deserving miner.

Your application should include the following:

Miner Name & Brief Description of Job
Mine Name/Location/Contact Information
Years/time worked
Ideas from this miner as to what led to his/her safety success.

Nominations must be received before September 19, 2024. Email nominations to [email protected]

Please Note:

Due to the limited funding our organization has available we can sponsor only conference registration for 40 Year Safe Miner and/or HeroAward Recipients but can't cover travel expenses. With our limited resources our group's guiding principles can only allow the 40 Year Safe Miner and/or HeroAward to be presented to deserving persons that can also attend the conference and are willing to take part in the award ceremony portion of the conference kickoff event.


Hero Award

This award was developed by the conference to honor miners who demonstrate courage in life threatening situations by utilizing their safety training to save lives! 2018 Award Recipient Sibelco Red Hill Facility

Brian Gibbs (Leach Operator)
Bill Swann (Packager)
David Ayers (Furnace Operator)
Rodney Huskins (QQ Operator)
Scott Butler (Tank Farm Operator)
Blake Parker (Shift Supervisor)

On December 26, 2017 Joe Ollis was taking his break inside the 5th floor operators office along with Brandon Buchanan. Joe became dizzy and told Brandon he didn’t feel well, he reached for the door and collapsed. Brandon called on the radio for assistance from supervisor Blake Parker. The AED was grabbed and employees began CPR. Employees, Brian Gibbs, Rodney Huskins, Scottie Butler, David Ayers, and Bill Swann all assisted in doing CPR. The AED was applied and initiated approximately 5 shocks to Joe, each shock he showed some improvement. The paramedics arrived and Joe was taken to Johnson City Medical center by way of helicopter. Joe had severe blockage and had to have a defibrillator and pacemaker installed. 


Hugh Talbert Merit Award

 The Southeastern Mine Safety & Health Conference recognizes individuals that have demonstrated special contributions and efforts to enable the Mine Conference to a sustain it's successful history.

This individual must have demonstrated a mastery of the realtionships necessary for our partnerships between industry, government, and other employers. These relationships and networking have contributed greatly to the current success of the conference.

The individual shall be recognized by all conference committee members as a person to be relied upon to assist in multiple ways and over the days before, during, and after the conference.

Apply using this form complete and sent to [email protected]

2023 Awards

40 Year Safe Miners

Name Yrs  Job Title ine Company Key To Safety Success Photo
Hubert (Huey) Shieder  40 Senior Maintenance Planner Harleyville Cement Plant Argos I started out at a young age in the cement industry and had several coworkers and mentors over the years to help guide me through my journey.  I would always talk to my peers about the task at hand and look for hazards to minimize the risk.  The main goal was to be able to go home to my family like the way I left them.  I got to see great improvements over the years with the safety equipment.  One example is going from a safety belt and lanyard to a body harness with a shock-absorber.I would like to thank my coworkers and company for allowing me to have this opportunity
Richard Page  42 Night Shift Manager, production, shipping, maintenance Cumberland River Quarry Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel  Working alongside a lot of good men, knowing we all had each other’s back. At the end of a shift, we all had families at home. The aggregate industry provided us with the means to provide for them.
Michael Alderman  43 Maintenance Project Coordinator  Wingate Creek Mine Mosaic Working Safely is a team effort from all levels of the organization in order to go home safely every day.
James Kirkland  46 Maintenance Palnner Four Corners  Mosaic Safety is everyone's responsbility.  So, always look out for yourself and your co-workers. 
Cliff Hancock  43 Dragline Maintenance Mechanic  Four Corners  Mosaic Always paying attention to your surroundings and watching out for your fellow employees


2022 Awards

40 Year Safe Miners

Name Yrs  Job Title Mine Company Key To Safety Success Photo
Danny Maldonado 46    Mobile Equipment Operator Four Corners Mosaic Always look out for yourself and your co-workers.



David Albritton 47 Crane Operator Wingate Creek Mine  Mosaic Always maintain clear communication between you and your co-workers.



Kenny Ricks 48 Dragline Maintenance Superintendent South Pasture  Mosaic Working Safely is a team effort from all levels of the organization in order to complete the work and go home safely every day.        



Mike Nelson 45 Quality Control Manager Cumberland River Quarry Pine Bluff Sand And Gravel Working together with your co-workers is essential in this industry. Watch out for each other and be willing to lend a hand when someone needs help



Robin Ray 44 Secondary Plant Foreman Cumberland River Quarry Pine Bluff Sand And Gravel Having a lot of patience. Don't get in a hurry. Don't hesitate to take advice from your co-workers






2021 Awards

40 Year Safe Miners

Name Yrs Job Title Mine Company Safety Success Photo
Ken Kary 41 Safety Manager Falkirk Mine North Dakota NA Coal Throughout my entire 41 years in the mining industry working for North American Coal I have always been given the Time, Resources, Equipment, Training, and Support from All Levels of Management to perform my job safely.  Working Safely and maintaining a Safe Work Environment takes  Effort, Engagement, and Commitment in order to complete your work and go home safely to your family every day.   
Frank Sirmons 42 Dragline Operator South Fort Meade Mine Mosaic Working Safely is a team effort from all levels of the organization in order to complete the work and go home safely every day.   
Ruby Hudson 43 Float Plant Operator Wingate Creek Mine Mosaic Always look out for yourself and your co-workers.  
David "Bones" Turner 44 Electrician Four Corners Mine Mosaic Always double check to make sure systems are de-energized before starting work.  
Paul Riddle 40 Pit loader operator Cumberland River Quarry Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Always paying attention to his surroundings and watching out for his fellow employees  
Jeff Harris 40 EHS Manager Alabama Plant Omaya, Inc I have always cared about myself and all employees going home safely to their families every day.  It is not enough to look after yourself and be safe, but to look after all your co-workers and let them know if they start to do something unsafe.  Safety doesn’t stop when you leave work, though – you should carry safety home with you and adopt a safety attitude 24/7/365  

2019 Awards

40 Year Safe Miners

Name Yrs Job Title Mine Company Safety Success
Brice Mock 40 DFA Technician Wrens, GA Plant KaMin I’ve always tried to keep a positive attitude, use common sense and treat my Coworkers with respect. There are lots of hazards in the workplace that you have to be aware of. Always use the right tool for the job, take your time and ask for help when you need it. You need to also have a good exercise routine and stay fit. Get enough rest before work. It’s important to be mentally and physically prepared.
Derek McIntyre 41 Maintenance Coordinator Roberta Plant Argos I put my safe working record down to thinking a job through before starting it and if I ever had any doubts would ask for help or advice.  I would never start a job if I thought there was a risk of an injury and would never ask anyone else to do anything unsafe either. I want to go home to my family at the end of each day.
Donnie Wolfenbarger  40 Production Manager  Luttrell Operations  Carmeuse Paying attention to what you are doing
Eddie Lee Edwards 40 Mechanic Ruby Quarry Martin Marietta Take the time to look at what you are doing. Be smart with your decisions. Think about what you are working on, taking time to step back and look at the job before you begin
James Christmas 44 Dragline Operator Four Corners Mine Mosaic Leading by example and not taking shortcuts led to my safety success.
Jerry Duncan 40 Track Team Leader Sandersville, GA Plant KaMin PAYING ATTENTION, LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER, & A LOT OF LUCK!
Joe Parler  40 Maintenance Lead Mechanic Harleyville Cement Plant Argos I make sure that I am aware of my surroundings before I start my job, looking for hazards that could affect what I’m doing.  Being aware and alert is an important part of staying safe
Kenneth Wren 40 Maintenance Lead US Silica US Silica Safety is a state of mind, not an action you do
Larry Bates 40 RAL Lab Team Leader Macon, GA Plant KaMin Staying focused on what you are doing.  Always pay attention to working conditions and your surroundings.  Most of all, always think about your family, what happens to me affects them.
LC Mack  40 Warehouseman McIntyre, Georgia  Covia Corporation LC is certain that making sure one always does the right thing is the key reason he has been safe all of these years. In general, working safe and being careful, whether at work or home, has guaranteed a fulfilling 40 years working in the mining industry
Marvin Lutz 40 Loader Operator O'Neal Plant Calera, AL Martin Marietta Everyone looking out for each other.  Working as a team.
Mike Wiggins 40 Quality Engineer Sandersville, GA Plant KaMin I would contribute being accident free during my career to two things:
• Training and a safety culture above anything else
• Commitment from myself to return home to my family as I left each day.  I have a personal responsibility to my family to lead them and support them, which I always have in the back of my mind.
I would contribute being accident free during my career to two things:
• Training and a safety culture above anything else
• Commitment from myself to return home to my family as I left each day.  I have a personal responsibility to my family to lead them and support them, which I always have in the back of my mind.
Neslie Johnson 45 Wet Rock Operator Four Corners Mine Mosaic Watching out for not only myself but my co-workers led to my safety success.
Ricky Giddens 40 Pilot Plant Technologist Macon, GA Plant KaMin I am fortunate to work with a company that is truly concerned for each employee’s safety. I have always tried to listen and learn from my peers in the mining industry. We look out for each other and it pays off.
Ronnie Cantrell  40 Equipment Operator Luttrell Operations  Carmeuse Watching out for yourself and others
Sess Maxwell  40 Plant Operator Alexander City Quarry  Midsouth Paving Inc.  Being aware of my surroundings. 
Timothy Dominy  40 Production Manager  Sandersville, GA Plant KaMin I believe working with coworkers that look out for one another and will speak up if they see something unsafe AND I keep Safety first. 
Tom Thach 40 Foreman, Market Analyst, and Engineer Southeast Division (North Georgia)  Martin Marietta Thankfully the good Lord was looking out for me early in my career when I did some aggressive and not so safe things.  As the years progressed, my perception of safety changed for the better.  Being safe became the utmost priority and is the cornerstone of an industry that I have been proud to serve for 40 years.   On a personal level I have always tried to think in advance about the consequences of my actions while on the job.  The support of more experienced miners throughout my career has played an extremely positive role in my safety record.
Tom Yarberry  40 Maintenance Manager  Luttrell Operations  Carmeuse Always being cautious and tried to see what kind of hazards were present and mitigate them before doing the work, kind of like the SLAM now. It all about making sure you have the right parts and tools for the job and planning everything out and doing it safe.


2018 Awards


40 Year Safe Miners

Name Yrs Job Title Mine Company Safety Success
David Kemp 40 Supervisor Argos G & R Mineral Services  
Jackie Mayes 40 Bull Gang Lead for Hoisting & Shafts Young, Immel, and Coy Mines; New Market, TN  Nyrstar Jackie feels that treating people right and giving them support can lead to a clear mind and work.  He also believes that miners who make sound fundamental workplace examinations can help avoid injures.  Lastly, Jackie feels that it takes miners looking out for each of their brothers to ensure everyone makes it home safe, each and every day…it is just part of what we do.
James Bryant  40 Maintenance Mechanic Atlanta Plant  Argos Cement “Working Forty Years in the mining industry without a medical injury, some might say that’s pure luck.  For the beginning part of my career I might have to agree.  However, as time moved on changes came that opened my eyes to view not only tasks that needed to be completed, but on what was the most important thing.  I realized that both on and off the job the most important thing was the value of human life.  It’s not only about looking out for yourself, but looking out for others as well.  If you feel it’s unsafe then it probably is.  Never be afraid to speak up on the behalf of safety.”
Rogers Till  40   Sandy Ridge Plant American Colloid Company Rogers says, in the early years, I owe my safety success to the advice and guidance of co-workers. They would tell me of “close calls”, this was before Near Misses were regularly documented. Some of these close calls were from earlier years and some I had to experience / witness for myself. After becoming a supervisor I began to feel the full weight of being responsible for the safety of my employees, the warnings of hazards and teachings naturally rubbed off on me. Realizing that not only did I want them to go home un-harmed, but I wanted the same for myself.
Eddie James White  40 Excavator Operator Sandy Ridge Plant  American Colloid Company Eddie James says that a lot of his success he owes to Jesus Christ, like when he didn’t always have complete control when he was driving the over the road truck. He was blessed that no one ever crossed the center line and hit him. And it was due to constant situational awareness whenever I was operating a piece of equipment.
Troy Lee Payne 40 Senior Mechanic  Maylene Quarry Martin Marietta  "Always staying alert and watching out after team-mates cause we are all family”
Willie Lutz 40 Haul Truck Driver Maylene Quarry Martin Marietta  "Communication with employees"
Jimmy "Frank" Johnson 40 Supervisor South Pasture Mine Mosaic Taking ownership of safety as well as looking out for coworkers
Paul Hershey 42 Utility Operator Wingate Creek Mine Mosaic Always staying alert
Tommy Walker 40 Production Supervisor South Fort Meade Mine Mosaic  Looking out for myself but also my co-workers
Jerry Sutton 40 Equuipment Operator South Fort Meade Mine Mosaic  Clear communication before moving any piece equipment
Kerry Arnold 40 EHS Manager Imerys Ceramics - Gleason Plant Imerys Always lead by example
Jason Harpe 41 Electrician Clinchfield Cement Plant Cemex Southeast LLC. Mr. Harpe believes that being conscious about his work, thinking the job through and obeying all safety rules are just a few factors that has contributed to his safety success over the past 41 years a  miner.
Thad Barber 42 Maintenance Tech Newberry Cement Plant Argos Cement Thad states that hands on training from early supervisors, not taking short cuts and employees always looking out for each other was the key to having a long and injury free career
Clinton Durham 41 Loader Operator Junction City Plant Covia Always think safety, no short cuts, and wear personal protective equipment.  Pay attention to your surroundings.  Thorough Pre-use inspection of mobile equipment.  Always look for unsafe conditions and actions while on the Job.  Always be safe when you come to work, leave work, and go back home to your family safe.
Benjamin Carswell 45 Process Operator Edgar Plant BASF Observe, Close attention to details of the job will keep you safe
Elton Whipple 45 Process Operator Gordon Plant BASF If you don’t know the safe way, research and ask
James R. Whipple, Jr. 45 Truck Driver Gordon Plant BASF Taking the proper steps will get the proper results without injury
Elton “Buster” Grubbs 45 Electrician/Safety Coordinator Gordon Plant BASF Developing safety procedures for everyone to follow, every time
Howard Johnson 40 Dredge Forman Ledbettter Ky   Pine Bluff Materials Taking the time to identify and eliminate all potential hazards to As low As reasonable possible.   
Barry St Clair 44 Electrical Supervisor Roanoke Cement Co Titan America Keeping safety top priority.  Supporting safety programs that are in place.  Caring for others and looking out for your fellow employees at all times.
Mike Hogan 42 Maintenance Repair Roanoke Cement Co Titan America Following safety rules.  Try to plan for what you have to do before working on a job in the safest way possible.  Watching out for my coworkers.
Jesus G Socarras                   41 Production Supervisor Pennsuco Cement Plant Titan America  
Tomas Burgos 41 Production Supervisor Pennsuco Cement Plant Titan America  
Danny Housewright  43 Maintenance  Chesney Mine , Luttrell, TN Carmeuse Always slammed the task, just didn’t know the name.  Planned ahead what would be involved.
Tom Hunter   42 Mobile Equipment Operator Chesney Mine , Luttrell, TN Carmeuse Know and understand the task.  God overlooked and took care of me.
Mark D Yeary 40 Cntroller Chesney Mine , Luttrell, TN Carmeuse Attention to detail 
Steve Pennington 43 Mechanic McIntyre, Georgia  Covia Steve believes that always being aware of his surroundings and thinking the job through prior to starting work allowed him to work safely all these years. He notes that his coworkers contribute a lot to his safety success, as well. Without communication with other plant members, Steve believes he may not have been able to hit this milestone of 43 years without injury. 
Helen Cribbs 43 Shop Supervisor Norcross Central Services Vulcan Materials "My supervisors have instilled safety from day 1 and I want to see everyone including myself be able to go home to their families the same way they left home that morning. I just pay more attention to the little things that can always lead into bigger things. It does not take that much time or effort to make sure things are done the right way."
Arlie Lewis Jr 41 Loader Operator Cave Run Stone Hinkle Contracting Company LLC  Stay aware of your surroundings while you’re working. Use good judgement and good common sense.
Curtis Martin  40 Foreman Basset Stone & Lake Cumberland Stone Hinkle Contracting Company LLC  Look for the safest way to do the job, just don’t take unnecessary risks and use common sense.
Robert Free 41 Fines Recovery and Belt Press Operator  Columbia Quarry Vulcan Materials He has always and continues to be aware of his surroundings and keep close eyes on the his fellow workers.   He believes in being safe at work allows you to go home to your family which needs you the most



2017 Awards

40 Year Safe Miners

Name Yrs Job Title Mine Company Safety Success
Albert “Zeek” O’Neal  44 Plant Foreman Knightdale Quarry Wake Stone Corporation Mr. O’Neal believes that thinking through a task before doing it has made the biggest impact on his ability to stay safe.  Proper planning allows you to ensure you have gathered the right equipment, identified all potential hazards, and ensures everyone understands the course of action.     
Johnnie D. Ritchie 40 Career Team Member  Contractor ID# AP6 Process Machinery, Inc.  Johnnie (J.D.) Ritchie has completed 40 years of service working for contractors. When discussing his success in remaining free of injury, he attributes it to “thinking the job through” and eliminating the “what ifs.”  The resources we have today to help protect miners and contractors were non-existent 40 years ago. 
Michael Ferguson 40 Career Team Member  Contractor ID# AP7 Process Machinery, Inc.  Mike Ferguson has completed 40 years without injury working in one of the more dangerous occupations in mining.  When discussing his 40 years of success, he attributes it to “watching out for each other, knowing where everyone is and effective communication.”  
Timothy R. Ross  40 Plant Operator  Maylene Quarry Martin Marietta  Tim said what has led to his Safety success is working with a crew that's just like Family everyone is always looking out for one another every day and not being afraid to stop any unsafe work practices when someone sees something.
Phillip Taylor  40 Production Supervisor Atlanta Plant Argos Cement “For me it was learning the potential hazards and risk and try to prevent accidents.”
Jackie Driver  40 Maintenance Supervisor Atlanta Plant Argos Cement One is I had some good people training and looking after me in my early years. I was the youngest person in the plant for about 7 years and everyone seemed to care about my safety. I was also lucky, at times because we have a very old plant and have seen a lot of near misses. 
Gary L. Lewis 41 Operations Manager  Maysville Underground Dravo/Carmeuse  I would watch and listen to the older miners work in the beginning to know the difference between right and wrong. Get involved in mine rescue training which helped a lot as well. I worked on doing it right and getting other miners involved.
Joe Weber 41 Health and Safety Manager, Trainer  Maysville Kiln Plant Dravo/Carmeuse  Getting the task completed in a safe manner so I could go home every day the same way I came in to work. I always tried to work with the miners to inspire them to work safe.
Sammy Linville 40 Kiln Operator  Black River Operation Carmeuse I’ve always believed in Safety first then production. I work hard to encourage my fellow coworkers to follow the work procedures that our company has put in place. There will always be a need to improve procedures but following the procedures are valuable. Everyone needs to make sure when you come to work that you go home the same way you came and to go home to your family. I teach Safety now so it’s even more important because my standard for safety is my top priority on the job and off the job.
Ernie Meyer 44 Production Supervisor Black River Operation Carmeuse Work area exams are #1.  Report anything you believe to be unsafe- if I’m not able to make it safe. Safety audits on my own or with others routinely done. Slams—they do work. PPE. Observations.
Tom Boyd 41 Chief Flotation Operator Wingate Creek Mine Mosaic  
John Shirley 42 Electrical Planner Four Corners Mine Mosaic Take your time to plan the job, follow the procedures.  Never take short cuts
Tim Edmonds 41 Supervisor Cumberland River Quarry  Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel  In 1987 his best friend drowned at 3 River Quarry.  He said he never wanted to experience something like that again.  He said he always makes sure his employees that work under him know the importance of working safe and the importance of going home to their family and friends every day.
Chapman Oneal Howard  40 Leadperson, equipment operator and performs maintenance   Tuscumbia Vulcan Materials Company paying attention, doing the right thing, following the rules and never taking short cuts
Kenneth Johnson  40 Plant Manager  Appling Quarry, Morgan County Quarry, Newton County Quarry Martin Marietta  Martin Marietta has taught safety since my employment. I contribute a lot of my safety success to discussing safety topics that affect our well-being
Mike Dobbs  44 Area Production Manager  Forsyth Quarry, Jefferson Quarry, Auburn GA Quarry, Lithonia Quarry Martin Marietta 1. “Always looking for ways to do things safer and easier.
2. If you find a near miss, look at the root cause and make sure changes are made to prevent it from happening again.
3. Look for unsafe conditions and either fix the problem or share with your supervisor to have them addressed.
4. Always wear your PPE when in the plant area.
5. Always use your tools and machinery safely and as designed by the manufacturer.
6. Be aware of your surroundings as you work and drive.
7. Watch out for other employees or coworkers to ensure they out of harm’s way.
8. Never take risks or short cuts that could lead to an injury.
9. Learn from your mistakes.”
Grady Smith  40 Senior Mechanic  Lithonia Quarry Martin Marietta “Family to make sure that I was there for them. I care about my life and want to be there for my family. To make sure I was there for my kids. My dad was not in my life as much so I wanted to be there for my kids and knowing if I was hurt or died it would have cut them short of having a dad in their 
Freddy Davis  40 Director of Maintenance  KaMin Performance Minerals  KaMin LLC  I had an accident at 11 years old that caused the loss of part of my left index finger.  I guess from that point on I realized how quick something bad can happen if you don’t keep your mind on the task you are performing.
Ralph Graham 40 Maintenance Superintendent Hephzibah Plant Unimin Ralph credits his success to close observation and not taking short-cuts
Mark Davis 41 Area Operations Manager Black River Operations Carmeuse Lime & Stone Keys to safety success include training, experience, education, practice, working with others and the support of God.
Wiley Longworth III (Donnie) 43 Production Supervisor Luttrell Operation Carmeuse Lime & Stone What inspired him to work safe to be able to enjoy his wife, children  and Grandchildren in his golden years 
Ralph Wiggins 42 Mechanic South Fort Meade  Mosaic Lead by example and never take short cuts
Danny Garner 45 Loader Operator Bennett’s Lake Quarry  Signal Mountain Cement Danny says that he has remained safe all these years because he not only respects himself and those around him, but also the machinery that he deals with.
Lloyd Hurley       41 Bulk Loader Sylacauga Imerys Carbonates  Back when I started, safety wasn't as important as it is today.  I always paid attention to what was going on around me to keep safe.
Kelly Stroud   40 Administrator/Control Systems    Sylacauga Imerys Carbonates  I guess just a little bit of luck and always following safety rules have kept me safe.
Daniel King       40 Supervisor/Bulk Loading     Sylacauga Imerys Carbonates  Ask him at the conference. 


2017 Hero Award

Barry Williams

2017 Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference

Cemex, Demopolis, AL Cement Plant


When Barry Williams, an owner operator driver for New Line Transport, got into his truck and set out to pick up a load of cement at the CEMEX Demopolis, Alabama Cement Plant on August 1, 2017, he had no idea he’d return home a hero.

But, thanks to his quick actions and commitment to safety, that’s exactly what happened.

Williams was headed down Highway 80 just a few miles outside of Demopolis when he witnessed a harrowing accident.

The collision caused a car to spin out and careen over a bridge barricade into a creek.

Alarmed, Williams pulled over and ran to the bridge.

“At that point, I was trying to see if the driver was going to get out, but she wasn’t,” Williams said. “The only thing going through my mind was, ‘This woman is drowning. I could literally stand there and see her take her last breath.’”

He knew he didn’t have a lot of time. He threw his phone and wallet to the ground and climbed down the embankment into the creek.

“With the help and strength of God, I was able to climb down into the water. I had to pry the door open using my feet to push off the car,” he said. “Me and another passerby were trying to pull her out, but I realized she still had her seatbelt on. I had to go under the water to take it off, and then we were able to drag her to the bank and stay there with her until the rescuers got there.”

Demopolis emergency officials who responded to the scene took the woman to the hospital. Williams said he went to visit her on the following Saturday, and that she was on the road to recovery.

“When you drive for a living, you are putting your life and the lives of others in your hands every day. That’s why driver safety training like the Smith System is so important,” Williams said. “That can be the difference between a safe day on the job and a potential tragedy. I’m just happy that I was able to help this time, and this woman can go on and live her life. I truly believe that God put me there that day.”

“We at CEMEX are duly impressed by the heroic and selfless actions Williams took,” said Matt Wild, CEMEX USA’s executive vice president of logistics.

On August 17, the Demopolis, AL, City Council and the Demopolis Police Department recognized Williams’ heroic actions, gifting him a Key to the City and Medal of Valor.


2016 Awards

Click here to view 2016 40 Year Safe Miner Awards

2016 Hero Award 

From KaMin Performance Minerals – Wrens Plant

Recipients names:

Barrett Samuels
Marvin Shelton
Kenneth Joiner
Anthony Riddle
John Avery
Tim Williams
Madison Earl
Kyle Downs
Mike Chance
Lisa Adams
Charles Newsome
Jordan Delaney


2015 Awards

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