Roy Conley in his home in Mousie, Ky., Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Conley was the only survivor of a mine blast that killed 8 miners on Dec. 7, 1981 in the Adkins Coal Co. No. 18 mine in Topmost,Ky.  Roy Conley, the operator of a scooping vehicle, had left the mine to charge a battery just before the explosion. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Roy Conley in his home in Mousie, Ky., Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Conley was the only survivor of a mine blast that killed 8 miners on Dec. 7, 1981 in the Adkins Coal Co. No. 18 mine in Topmost,Ky. Roy Conley, the operator of a scooping vehicle, had left the mine to charge a battery just before the explosion. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader
Roy Conley in his home in Mousie, Ky., Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Conley was the only survivor of a mine blast that killed 8 miners on Dec. 7, 1981 in the Adkins Coal Co. No. 18 mine in Topmost,Ky. Roy Conley, the operator of a scooping vehicle, had left the mine to charge a battery just before the explosion. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

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