Friday, July 27, 2001

Ky. mining commissioner dies

The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — John Franklin, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals since 1995, died of complications after intestinal surgery. He was 44.

        Mr. Franklin died Wednesday afternoon at Georgetown Community Hospital, said Mines and Minerals spokeswoman Holly McCoy.

        A spokesman for Gov. Paul Patton said Mr. Franklin's death was a great loss to the state and its commitment to mine safety.

        “John was very well thought of by the governor,” Rusty Cheuvront said. “He did an outstanding job.”

        Ron McCloud, secretary of the Public Protection and Regulation Cabinet, said “Kentucky coal miners have lost a great ally and our cabinet has lost a dear friend.”


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