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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/05/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




MEMORIAL COINS ISSUED FOR FALLEN NARCOTICS OFFICER

Oklahoma narcotics officers are coming together to help the family of a fallen colleague. Mark Woodward, Spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says memorial coins have been issued to honor OBN Agent Choc Ericsson who died in the line of duty last year. Agent Ericsson, assigned to the OBN Woodward District Office, sustained a severe head injury while trying to detain and Investigate a driver under the influence of methamphetamine. Woodward says the proceeds from the sale of the coins will help support Choc's wife, Glenda and her three young children.

"Choc was a true hero that night. The suspect was on a meth-induced rampage, and I have no doubt Choc protected a lot of innocent people who would have been in the suspects' path that evening."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Choc was a member of the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers or A-ONE, comprised of nearly 500 federal, state and local narcotics officers across the state. A-ONE is having several hundred coins stamped and distributed with the proceeds going to the Ericsson family. The coins are $5.00 plus $2.50 shipping and can be purchased by contacting Corporal Craig Williams with the Ardmore Police Department or by contacting Mark Woodward at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.