Acording to the Gazette, mine dispatcher William Chisolm, and John Nelson Boni, a fire boss, shot themselves in separate incidents.
Five days before the disaster, Boni found methane building up behind the sealed area. He reported it to the mine foreman, Carl Crumline, but the foreman dismissed the gas as being "no problem." During the Sago investigation, Boni said that mine management had him sign a training form for a class he had never attended.
So instead of 12 miners killed in the explosion, (and one survivor, Randal McCloy), add William Chisolm and John Nelson Boni. They were as surely victims as were their fellow miners killed in the explosion.
What went on in the minds of the men before they killed themselves?" We can only imagine: (Chisolm: "If only I had stopped my buddies from going deeper into the mine!") And (Boni: "Why didn't I get tough with the mine foreman when I found methane, and he dismissed it as not being a problem?")
Will we be as unprepared for the return of these wounded, traumatized veterans as we were prepared for the aftermath of the original "victory" in Iraq? Will the Commander-in-Chief stand on a battleship to declare a victory when our remaining veterans are home again - bone-tired from too many tours of duty; dazed, traumatized, and without the arms and legs and fresh young minds that carried them into Iraq?
Be prepared, George Bush. The worst is yet to come. But why should you worry? You will probably be back in Crawford, Texas clearing brush by the time our emotionally and physically wounded come home to face the future.