Coal miner Clayton Owens was emotional at the conclusion of the Jimmy Rose benefit concert for Harlan County Rescue Squad Lt. Scotty Moore.
Owens was among several hundred people who attended the event at the Harlan County High School gymnasium to not only see Jimmy Rose in concert, but to support and contribute toward the medical expenses for Moore who was critically injured in an explosion while working on heavy equipment at Grays Knob on Dec. 12.
Moore was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center and then transferred to a burn center in Augusta, Ga., where he remains a patient.
“I think it is great that people come out to support Scotty for what he is going through,” said an emotional Owens as he tried to hold back tears while still dressed in his coal mining clothes from his day’s work at Harlan-Cumberland Coal Company. “What Jimmy Rose just did for Scotty tonight is wonderful.”
Squad officials said the concert ticket sales, donations, concessions and other efforts raised $11,266.65. Additional “Prayers for Scotty” T-shirt sales and other fundraising activities are continuing. Donations may be made to the Scotty Moore Medical Fund at The Bank of Harlan.
Moore’s brother, Sam, 16, said he was pleased to see so many attend the concert.
“Things are going real well for Scotty right now,” said the younger brother. “He’s talking. His voice is getting stronger. He is a fighter. We just thank everyone for praying really hard. Jimmy Rose didn’t have to do this, but it is fantastic he did. It is good to see how Jimmy Rose has stayed close to the community and how he cares about people.”
Sam Moore said his brother is “my best friend in the world. It has been hard on me. It just hits me and I just break down. Scotty is a big part of the community. He has helped so many people in the past and some of them are here tonight.”
Rose’s brother, Chris, opened the concert before introducing Jimmy Rose, the America’s Got Talent star who entered the gymnasium to a loud round of applause. Rose immediately commented on his appreciation to those attending to help with the assistance fund.
“This is not a Jimmy Rose show, OK? This is an outpouring of support for Scotty and his family,” exclaimed Jimmy Rose, setting the tone for the concert.
Scott Moore, Scotty’s and Sam’s dad, recognized the Harlan County Rescue Squad, Chris Allen, Christopher Allen and John Nolan, crediting them with heroic efforts following the tragedy.
He said, “If they hadn’t been there, if it hadn’t been for the good Lord and the way things worked out that night, Scotty would never have made it out of Harlan County (alive).”
Rose also announced to the audience that Scotty was watching the concert via the Internet from his hospital room.
The concert continued for about two-hours as the Roses performed various selections, with several of them being Jimmy Rose’s original songs.
The concert concluded with Lacey Boggs, 9, Cameron Brock, 4, and Natilynn Brock, 4, joining the Roses for the AGT famed “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”
Rose signed autographs and posed for pictures for more than two hours after the concert concluded.