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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/01/2007
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




OBN AGENT REMEMBERED TODAY, AWARENESS RAISED

Agent Choc Ericsson is being remembered as a hero, a man of courage and honor. All across Oklahoma today, students are taking part in the second annual "March Against Meth Day" as proclaimed by Governor Brad Henry. This year's honoree is Agent Ericsson of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Choc Ericsson was run over and killed in November 2005 while trying to detain and investigate a driver under the influence of methamphetamine.

"Agent Choc Ericsson stood for everything right and just. Choc was a man that had clear priorities which were his faith, his family and his profession. He clearly displayed a level of courage that can not be taught or trained but must come from the very core of a man's soul. That was Choc Ericsson, a true Oklahoma hero! He is sorely missed."

----OBN Director R. Darrell Weaver

March 1 has been chosen as a day to raise awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine use. But this day is also an opportunity to honor heroic Oklahomans who've laid down their lives in the war on meth, including Agent Ericsson and last year?s honoree, Trooper Nikky Green. Oklahoma law enforcement officers throughout the state have provided students with special wristbands along with a Parent Alert Letter regarding Methamphetamine. Woodward says this is a commemorative and educational effort to raise awareness.

"Oklahoma was the first state to pass a tough, groundbreaking meth law that started a ripple effect throughout the United States. Oklahoma is continuing this fight by leading the nation in a day of honor and awareness."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Assemblies and other educational programs and events are taking place at schools all across the state. For more information about these events contact "March Against Meth" coordinator, Lori Swanson with the Department of Public Safety D.A.R.E. Office at (405) 425-2447, or OBN Public Information and Education Officer, Mark Woodward at (800) 522-8031 or (405) 521-2885.