Joseph R. Sabot rescued Steven T. Tady following a rock fall, Plum, Pennsylvania, June 15, 1977. In an underground coal mine, a fall of slab rock covered a mining machine and trapped Tady, 27, in the operators compartment. Sabot, 46, mine mechanic, crawled into a crevice in the rocks 10 feet from Tady and began digging a tunnel toward him. As he removed the rocks, Sabot placed shoring in the tunnel, which was about two feet wide and high. After extending the tunnel to the machine, Sabot backed out. Tady, who was uninjured, then crawled from under the rock fall by way of the tunnel.
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Joseph R. “Sniffy” Sabot, Sr., 88, of Upper Burrell, Pa., died on Feb. 2, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was married to Marcia L. (Pometo) Sabot.
Sabot was a Korean War veteran, serving in the Army, and he worked as a coal miner in the communities of Barking and Renton. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He always had a joke to tell and enjoyed making people laugh.
(Edited from an obituary published in The Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Pa., on Feb. 7, 2019.)