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January 12, 2010

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Safariland Saves Club Honors Three New Members at Shot Show


New club name, same focus on honoring LE officers and saving lives

JACKSONVILLE, FL. – Safariland™, a BAE Systems line of business, will recognize three members of its Saves Club®, which honors law enforcement officers who have been saved in the line of duty while wearing one of Safariland’s life-saving products. Previously known as either the Legion of Life or Second Chance Saves, the Safariland Saves Club brings together these outstanding programs to collectively honor those who protect us.

Jacksonville FL Sheriff’s Office Detective Jared Reston, Cedar City UT Police Officer Jason Thomas, and Missouri State Trooper Cody Dunfee will be honored at the 2010 SHOT Show. As part of the Saves Club, each has already received a replacement vest. At SHOT Show, they will receive a Saves Club commemorative coin, plaque and range bag.

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Join us for the presentation at the SHOT Show:
Safariland booth #12360.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
11 a.m.

During the presentation, each officer will tell his story, which is summarized below.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Detective Jared Reston was alerted of a shoplifting incident at the Regency Square Mall. While running from Reston, the suspect turned and fired six shots, hitting Reston in the face, chest and leg. Reston returned fire on the suspect, who died at the scene. Reston was wearing an ABA® HP vest, which saved his life.   

Cedar City Utah Police Officer Jason Thomas attempted to assist a man who appeared to be stuck in the snow off the road. As Thomas approached, the man pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun and opened fire on Thomas. Thomas sustained two injuries to his side and left shoulder. He was wearing a Second Chance® Summit vest, which saved his life.

Missouri State Trooper Cody Dunfee and other officers were attempting to apprehend a suspect who was wanted in connection with attempted murder cases in two states. While attempting to execute a warrant, Trooper Dunfee was shot. Dunfee was wearing a PROTECH® Tactical Vest with an IMPAC™ Plate, which saved him from the shots from the Marlin .30-.30 rifle.

“We are honored and extremely happy to be able to recognize Jared Reston, Jason Thomas and Cody Dunfee for their heroic acts,” said Ed Hinchey, Safariland Saves Club liaison, and himself a member of the Saves program. “Nothing reflects the spirit of Safariland and its people more than the Safariland Saves Club. With each product we make, we put emphasis on protecting the lives of those who use them.”

Safariland, LLC is a premier provider of law enforcement and security products and services, delivering a full-range of customer-specific solutions.  Offering many of the world’s most recognizable branded products in the public safety market, Safariland is committed to saving lives. For more information about Safariland, please visit www.safariland.com.  

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.