Doe Run Mine Rescue Team Member Named National Champion

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Ricky Martin excels in Benchman competition.

A Development Miner at Fletcher Mine for The Doe Run Company’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO), Ricky Martin is one of the company’s 20 volunteer mine rescue team members who regularly train for emergency preparedness. His dedication and skill led him to earn the National Champion Benchman title (BG174a category) last month at the 2006 National Mine Rescue Contest in Reno.

Held July 12-14, the multi-phase contest included written tests, simulated mine rescues and emergency first-aid response. The BG174a Benchman Competition stacked each team’s benchman against the others to determine who could most effectively and quickly repair a piece of equipment that contained pre-set defects that would cause it to fail. Martin competed against Benchmen from New York to New Mexico.

Garry Moore Jr., Doe Run mine equipment mechanic at Sweetwater Mine and National Champion Benchman in 2004 on the BG174a, placed sixth in the 2006 BG4 Benchman competition. This was Moore’s first time competing in the BG4 Benchman competition. (The BG4 is a newer apparatus that replaces the BG174a.)

“We congratulate Rick on his stellar first-place finish, and are certainly proud of Garry for his performance in the new BG4 category,” said Denis Murphy, safety and environmental manager at SEMO. “We are also thrilled that our Maroon Team made the final round of field competition for the first time. Congratulations to both teams, who worked very hard to prepare for this bi-annual competition. These are the professionals who spend countless hours training so we can count on them if their services are needed in an emergency.”    

For more information about the 2006 National Mine Rescue Contest, visit the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Web site,

Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral production, metals fabrication, recycling and reclamation. The company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services needed to provide power, protection and convenience through premium products and associated metals including lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver. As the operator of one of the world’s only multi-metal facilities and the Americas’ largest integrated lead producer, Doe Run employs more than 5,000 people, with U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and Peruvian operations in Cobriza and La Oroya. Committed to sustainable development, The Doe Run Company has helped bring electrical power, business training, educational opportunities and improved telecommunications to rural communities in Peru and the U.S. For more information, visit

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Angie Nations

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