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Former hero became a villain when he struck and killed a child

In every one of us there is a constant battle between our better angels and our pesky demons. Most of the time the conflicts are insignificant. Sometimes they aren’t.

This is the story of Claude D. Borders, who was a hero of Kentucky’s worst mining disaster before he became a bad guy a few years later — and ultimately wound up a victim. Just like the toddler he killed.

He was born Aug. 9, 1881, in Webster County and was a foreman in the No. 7 mine of the West Kentucky Coal Co. near Clay when it exploded the morning of Aug. 4, 1917. He was credited with saving 43 lives by forcing miners to wall up the entry where they were working and lie down on the floor of the mine to get breathable air.

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2021-09-10 19:06:34

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