Loved ones remember the lives of miners

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OURAY, Colo. Judith Williams always knew her husband's job was dangerous, but she supported him because mining was in his blood and his heart.

"It was a generational thing," said Judith, the wife of mining accident victim Rick Williams. "His dad and his grandparents, they were miners. He loved the earth, he loved the rock, he loved the mountains."

But knowing the risks involved in mining did not make it less of a shock when she heard the news of Rick's passing in a mining accident at Revenue-Virginius mine last week.

"I got the word there was a mine accident," Judith said. "I did not understand anything that was being said."

Now, people are coming together to support Judith as well as the wife of another fallen miner, Nick Cappanno.

"My husband was off that day, but then the pain goes for everybody else that was there," said Kendra Morrow, who organized a candlelight vigil for the men on Saturday. "Being a miner's wife, I know how the other miners' wives could feel getting that phone call."

Both Rick Williams, 59, of Durango, and Nick Cappanno, 33, of Montrose, died of carbon monoxide poisining.

They are being remembered as hard working men who not only cared about their families, but also the entire mining community.

"If Rick didn't perish in the mine, he would be here for this," Judith said. "This would just I think really make him happy because these are his people."

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