GE Employers Reinsurance Corporation Teams with Mother of Oklahoma City Bombing Victim

Focus on Flying Glass Hazards



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Employers Reinsurance Corporation

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers Reinsurance
 Corporation (ERC), a GE company (NYSE:   GE), today launched a program that
 underscores the company's corporate mission while also helping the mother of
 an Oklahoma City bombing victim recover from the tragic death of her daughter.
     ERC has teamed up with Aren Almon-Kok, mother of Oklahoma City bombing
 victim Baylee Almon, to launch Protecting Our Promise -- Safeguarding
 America's Children.
     ERC's program was created to facilitate a partnership between ERC and the
 Protecting People First Foundation, an organization established by Almon-Kok
 to honor her daughter's memory and promote increased safety from flying glass
 hazards, most deadly in cases of bombings and natural disasters.
     Almon-Kok's one-year-old daughter Baylee became known to the world as the
 child being carried from the Murrah Federal building by Oklahoma City fireman
 Chris Fields.  The Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of Baylee Almon and Chris
 Fields became the icon of the bombing in which Baylee and 167 other people
 died.
     ERC's partnership with the Foundation was celebrated in Oklahoma City at
 an event featuring Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.  Several volunteers from
 GE ERC completed a safety retrofit of the Dana Brown Cooper Head Start
 facility, a process that will protect the facility's children from flying
 glass hazards and other dangers.
     As part of today's safety retrofit, more than 150 shatter resistant
 GE Saf-T-Gard lightbulbs were donated by GE Lighting to replace the existing
 bulbs at the facility.  In addition, security window film, which holds
 shattered glass in place in cases of natural or manmade disaster, was donated
 by Madico, one of America's leading window film manufacturers.  The
 installation of the security window film was donated by Enpro, Madico's
 largest U.S. distributor.  Madico's participation in today's retrofit was
 on behalf of all window film manufacturers who are members of the Protecting
 People First Foundation.  Other safety retrofits performed today included
 bolting shelves and bookcases to walls and installing safety latches on
 drawers and cabinets.
     The center is named in honor of the woman who operated the Murrah
 building's day care center at the time of the bombing. Dana Brown Cooper and
 her son Christopher died in the attack.
     In forming the Protecting People First Foundation, Almon-Kok hopes her
 efforts will push Americans to protect themselves more effectively from the
 flying glass hazards, a threat which ERC officials say too few Americans
 understand.
     Almon-Kok is grateful to GE Employers Reinsurance Corporation for helping
 her and the Protecting People First Foundation realize their goals.
     "ERC has been wonderful in supporting the Foundation and promoting our
 message of increased safety from flying glass hazards," said Almon-Kok.
     For its part, ERC is honored to be working with Almon-Kok on an initiative
 so closely tied to the corporate mission.  "We are in the business of helping
 prevent and mitigate risk," said Dean Davison, ERC's vice president of
 corporate communications.  "This alliance helps shine attention on flying
 glass hazards and helps amplify Aren's worthy efforts."
     The safety retrofit was planned during the anniversary week of the
 Oklahoma City bombing to provide a stark contrast to the somber remembrances
 of America's worst act of domestic terrorism.  ERC plans to conduct additional
 day care center safety retrofits in the Oklahoma City area during future
 bombing anniversary weeks.  The company will also team up with Almon-Kok and
 Chris Fields again to conduct additional retrofits this year, including a
 retrofit planned for the Hartford, Conn. area, home to some ERC insurance
 customers and employees.
     Employers Reinsurance Corporation, a GE company, is the world's fourth
 largest reinsurer and a premier global provider of risk solutions.  ERC serves
 clients in property and casualty, life, healthcare, and professional liability
 insurance and reinsurance, and other risk management services. ERC has earned
 the highest ratings in the industry:  AAA from Standard & Poor's, A++ from
 A.M. Best Company and Aaa from Moody's.  More information on ERC is available
 at www.ercgroup.com .
 
 

SOURCE Employers Reinsurance Corporation
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers Reinsurance
 Corporation (ERC), a GE company (NYSE:   GE), today launched a program that
 underscores the company's corporate mission while also helping the mother of
 an Oklahoma City bombing victim recover from the tragic death of her daughter.
     ERC has teamed up with Aren Almon-Kok, mother of Oklahoma City bombing
 victim Baylee Almon, to launch Protecting Our Promise -- Safeguarding
 America's Children.
     ERC's program was created to facilitate a partnership between ERC and the
 Protecting People First Foundation, an organization established by Almon-Kok
 to honor her daughter's memory and promote increased safety from flying glass
 hazards, most deadly in cases of bombings and natural disasters.
     Almon-Kok's one-year-old daughter Baylee became known to the world as the
 child being carried from the Murrah Federal building by Oklahoma City fireman
 Chris Fields.  The Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of Baylee Almon and Chris
 Fields became the icon of the bombing in which Baylee and 167 other people
 died.
     ERC's partnership with the Foundation was celebrated in Oklahoma City at
 an event featuring Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.  Several volunteers from
 GE ERC completed a safety retrofit of the Dana Brown Cooper Head Start
 facility, a process that will protect the facility's children from flying
 glass hazards and other dangers.
     As part of today's safety retrofit, more than 150 shatter resistant
 GE Saf-T-Gard lightbulbs were donated by GE Lighting to replace the existing
 bulbs at the facility.  In addition, security window film, which holds
 shattered glass in place in cases of natural or manmade disaster, was donated
 by Madico, one of America's leading window film manufacturers.  The
 installation of the security window film was donated by Enpro, Madico's
 largest U.S. distributor.  Madico's participation in today's retrofit was
 on behalf of all window film manufacturers who are members of the Protecting
 People First Foundation.  Other safety retrofits performed today included
 bolting shelves and bookcases to walls and installing safety latches on
 drawers and cabinets.
     The center is named in honor of the woman who operated the Murrah
 building's day care center at the time of the bombing. Dana Brown Cooper and
 her son Christopher died in the attack.
     In forming the Protecting People First Foundation, Almon-Kok hopes her
 efforts will push Americans to protect themselves more effectively from the
 flying glass hazards, a threat which ERC officials say too few Americans
 understand.
     Almon-Kok is grateful to GE Employers Reinsurance Corporation for helping
 her and the Protecting People First Foundation realize their goals.
     "ERC has been wonderful in supporting the Foundation and promoting our
 message of increased safety from flying glass hazards," said Almon-Kok.
     For its part, ERC is honored to be working with Almon-Kok on an initiative
 so closely tied to the corporate mission.  "We are in the business of helping
 prevent and mitigate risk," said Dean Davison, ERC's vice president of
 corporate communications.  "This alliance helps shine attention on flying
 glass hazards and helps amplify Aren's worthy efforts."
     The safety retrofit was planned during the anniversary week of the
 Oklahoma City bombing to provide a stark contrast to the somber remembrances
 of America's worst act of domestic terrorism.  ERC plans to conduct additional
 day care center safety retrofits in the Oklahoma City area during future
 bombing anniversary weeks.  The company will also team up with Almon-Kok and
 Chris Fields again to conduct additional retrofits this year, including a
 retrofit planned for the Hartford, Conn. area, home to some ERC insurance
 customers and employees.
     Employers Reinsurance Corporation, a GE company, is the world's fourth
 largest reinsurer and a premier global provider of risk solutions.  ERC serves
 clients in property and casualty, life, healthcare, and professional liability
 insurance and reinsurance, and other risk management services. ERC has earned
 the highest ratings in the industry:  AAA from Standard & Poor's, A++ from
 A.M. Best Company and Aaa from Moody's.  More information on ERC is available
 at www.ercgroup.com .
 
 SOURCE  Employers Reinsurance Corporation

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