Doe Run's Maroon Mine Rescue Team Accomplishes 'Three-Peat'

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10 awards won by Doe Run teams at Southeast Missouri Mine Rescue Contest

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MSHA visits and inspects mining operations across the U.S., providing them the opportunity to access information on every incident, accident and mine hazard. They take that information and use it to set up a pseudo mine disaster to provide as near a real-life situation as possible for the competition - which makes the accomplishments of our teams even more remarkable.

The Doe Run Company's mine rescue teams once more demonstrated their emergency preparedness by winning top honors in several categories at the 26th annual Southeast Missouri Mine Rescue Contest. Twelve teams from Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas and New Mexico participated in the competitive event held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at Missouri University of Science & Technology (MS&T) in Rolla.

Maroon Team members Steve Setzer, Luke Davis, Shawn Pratt, Jerry Laramore, Andrew Hampton, Richard Dickerson and Dale Coleman are celebrating their 2008 "Best in State" victory, which makes them the first team in contest history to have achieved this distinction for three consecutive years. With this honor, the team earned the prestigious Dean's Trophy and the highly coveted Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) championship trophy. In addition, Maroon Team Benchman Ricky Martin placed first in the BG-4 Benchman Competition, and Carl Mann placed third.

"We were very much aware going into the competition that we had the opportunity to achieve what everyone was referring to as a 'three-peat,'" said Steve Setzer, Maroon Team captain. "We take these competitive tests of knowledge, skill and ability that measure our emergency response readiness very seriously. When you add in an additional dose of stress tied to the possibility of a mine rescue triple-crown of sorts, the pressure definitely intensifies."

During the awards ceremony, Maroon Team members were quick to applaud Doe Run's Gray Team members Wayne Marlin, Randall Hill, Charlie Walker, William Johnson, Larry Barton, Kenny Wood and Kenny Sherrill, who took fourth place overall, and their Benchman, Garry Moore, who took second place in the BG-4 competition. Also in the winner's circle for Doe Run were Instrument Bench Competition participants Kenny Wood, who took first place, and Luke Davis, who took third.

According to Larry Hampton, one of Doe Run's two team trainers, mine rescue is one for all and all for one. "Our teams train together one day per month, and a week during each month they are scheduled to participate in a competition," Hampton said. "The members support each other, encourage each other and certainly challenge each other to do better. We are extremely pleased with their performance at this event - but even more so with their dedication and commitment to such an important, selfless cause."

Held at MS&T's experimental mine site, the multi-phase team competition consisted of written tests, simulated mine rescues and emergency first aid response components. The benchman competitions required benchmen to repair breathing apparatus with pre-set defects that would cause them to fail during use. Finding the defects and correcting them in a timely manner are key to succeeding in this component of the competition.

"This particular contest is the only one I know of in the U.S. that takes place in a mine setting," said Denis Murphy, safety and environmental manager for Doe Run's Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division. "MSHA visits and inspects mining operations across the U.S., providing them the opportunity to access information on every incident, accident and mine hazard. They take that information and use it to set up a pseudo mine disaster to provide as near a real-life situation as possible for the competition - which makes the accomplishments of our teams even more remarkable."

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world's largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com .

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