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Fundraiser Held to Benefit Victims of Gas Well Explosion

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A gas well explosion on July 7th in Doddridge County injured five workers, and two of them died from their injuries. Three are still recovering from the injuries they suffered.

Joe Greenlief works for Nabors Completion and Production Services Company and it organized a fundraiser on Sunday at Lewis County Park. Greenlief said he wanted to help the families of the victims.

"I work in the oil field, and it could happen to any of us. We just wanted to try to help them out with money because I know it has to be hard, they haven't been at work now for all this time. We're just trying to help them out," explained Greenlief.

A car, truck, and bike show was held along with a bake sale, 50-50 drawing, and a silent auction. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to help with the families expenses.

"Whatever they need it for. I know traveling back and forth to the hospital and everything it's got to be costly, staying over night and so we're just trying to raise money for that," Greenlief said.

J.R. Mace is the step-father of Michael Murray, who was injured in the explosion. He said he really appreciates the help.

"The people are just outrageously good. And there's no end to their generosity. I'm just glad that he is the type of person that friends want to help friends," said Mace.

Mace said Murray is doing well and recovering in Charleston.

"He's doing real well; he's in therapy at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. He got his trach out of his throat and he's doing rather well. He can text a little bit and talk on the phone," Mace explained.

The money raised from the fundraiser will be split three ways to benefit all the victims.

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