MSA Honors Three Detroit Firefighters with the Fireslayer of the Year Award

Indianapolis, April 11, 2008 -Three Detroit firefighters - Lieutenant Robert Distelrath, and Firefighters Mike Risher and Brendan Milewski - received the Fireslayer of the Year (FOTY) Award, presented annually by global safety equipment manufacturer MSA...

MSA created the Fireslayer of the Year Award to honor the outstanding achievements by individual firefighters and departments who serve as role models for others. Past winners have received a commemorative plaque recognizing their heroism. In addition to this award, MSA will make a $5,000 donation on their behalf to the International Association of Fire Fighters' (IAFF) Burn Foundation, which benefits the Firefighters' National Children's Burn Camp and vital burn research, rehabilitation, and education programs.

About MSA Established in 1914, MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of sophisticated safety products that protect people's health and safety. Sophisticated safety products typically integrate any combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company's comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in the fire service, homeland security, construction and other industries, as well as the military. Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, gas masks, gas detection instruments, head protection, respirators and thermal imaging cameras. The company also provides a broad range of consumer and contractor safety products through retail channels. These products are marketed and sold under the MSA Safety Works brand. MSA has annual sales of approximately $1 billion, manufacturing operations throughout the United States and Europe, and more than 40 international locations.Additional information is available on the company's Web site at