Butte native Michael “Mick’’ Dennehy has been named to the 2013 Metal and Non-Metal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame.
Dennehy started his career as a miner in Butte, where he performed various jobs including supervision. He also worked in subway construction. In 1971, Dennehy was an instructor in Butte’s Miner Entry Training Program at the old Boys’ Central High School. The program, which was under the direction of the Butte Vo-Tech, was funded by a $224,000 federal grant. On-the-job training was provided to students from across the United States through the cooperation of the Anaconda Co. and United Steelworkers Union.
In 1973, Mick started with the Mining Enforcement Safety Administration serving in various capacities including his current position of assistant district manager in the Rocky Mountain District.
He held each position on MSHA’s MNM rescue team including team trainer.
Dennehy is a member of the MNM national mine rescue planning committee. He has been the chief judge and coordinator for the BenchTechnician Team competitions at numerous regional contests in addition to national contest. He was involved in the Belle Isle Salt Mine disaster in 1979.
Dennehy lives in Lakewood, Colo., with his wife, Linda (Mehrens) Dennehy, also a Butte native, and family.