Newsmaker: John Brottish
Noteworthy: Brottish is the team trainer for the Enlow Fork Gold Mine Rescue Team, which won 48 awards this year, including four first places for mine rescue.
Residence: Mather, Greene County
Occupation: Safety inspector at Consol Energy Inc.'s Enlow Fork mine
Background: Before starting at Consol in December 2006, Brottish worked in several fields, including as a home inspector in San Diego. He was part of a team of 46 men at Consol who worked underground this spring to seal off and put out a mine fire in the Blacksville No. 2 Mine on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.
Education: Brottish graduated from Jefferson-Morgan High School in 1984.
Quote: “We're really dependent on each other for our lives, so it is a very, very close-knit group. ... If (the camaraderie) wasn't there, I don't think I could do the job. Everybody who gets on the team has a great sense of pride and wanting to do things to help their fellow employees.”