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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Media and Interested Parties

New 'Mik & Nero' educational comic on distracted driving debuts April 30 at Wellness/Safety Fair

'Distracted Danger' page previews:

A new, free educational comic starring Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K-9 deputies Mik & Nero debuts this Wednesday, April 30 at Clackamas County's Wellness, Safety and Sustainability Fair (A poster for the Fair can be found here).

The new comic, "Mik & Nero: Distracted Danger," is a joint production by Oregon Impact and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. It follows the disastrous misadventures of a teen driver named Charlie who thinks it's okay to text and drive -- and learns a tough lesson as his life flashes before his eyes following a road mishap caused by his cell-phone use while behind the wheel.

"This comic was created to educate our youth on the risks of distracted driving," writes Oregon Impact Executive Director Janelle Lawrence in the comic's intro. "Texting and cell-phone use significantly increase a driver's risk of crashing. Even a single, momentary distraction while driving can cause a lifetime of devastating consequences."

You can pick up a FREE print copy of "Mik & Nero: Distracted Danger" at the Clackamas County Safe Communities booth at Clackamas County's Wellness, Safety and Sustainability Fair -- set for Wednesday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the County's Development Services Building (150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045). A poster for the Fair with full details can be found here.

The comic will also be available in print starting May 1 in the lobbies of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Brooks Building 9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Clackamas, OR 97015) and the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Avenue, Clackamas, OR 97015). It will also be online as a free downloadable PDF on May 1 on our Mik & Nero webpage, and will be delivered to local Clackamas County libraries in May.

ABOUT THE 'MIK & NERO' SERIES

Nine separate "Mik & Nero" comics and activity books have been produced over the past six years in partnership with other government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sponsors. Nearly 300,000 copies have been printed to date.

They have been distributed free-of-charge through Sheriff's Office programs targeting young people, as well as many other groups and organizations serving that same demographic across Oregon. They're also available through the Clackamas County library system.

Production of the books has largely been paid for by grants from local, state and federal programs, as well as private businesses.

K9s Mik and Nero appear in each book -- based on real Sheriff's Office canine deputies Mik and Nero. The dogs help teach young readers about road safety, saying "no" to abuse, and the dangers of drugs and drinking and driving, among other topics.

COMICS IN THE SERIES:

ACTIVITY BOOKS IN THE SERIES:


"Teaching Moment" pages at the end of each issue give readers online links for even more safety info.

MEET THE REAL MIK AND NERO

The real Mik and Nero have enjoyed real-life exploits worthy of their cartoon adventures.

Nero is a Shepherd/Malanois mix. He was born in March 2005 and raised in the Czech Republic. The Sheriff's Office purchased Nero from Adlerhorst International in Riverside, CA in November 2006, when the dog was only 18 months old.

Mik and Nero went through the same basic 240-hour K9 training course together in the winter of 2007. After graduation, Nero was assigned to work the swing shift with Deputy Bradley O'Neil. Nero can't wait to go to work each night, and prefers working in the dark. When Nero is on patrol, he tracks suspects who run from crime scenes and finds articles suspects try to hide while fleeing. When Nero is relaxing off-duty, he loves to play with a weighted exercise ball in the backyard of his Clackamas home.

Mik was a Belgian Malanois, born in April 2003. He passed away in 2010. He was raised as a sporting dog in Holland, and was chosen and purchased by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in November 2006.

"We can't think of a better way to honor Mik's service than by letting him live on in these comics," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

A FEATURES-PACKED WEB PAGE

On the "Mik & Nero" webcomic page, readers can download low-rez versions of the comics and activity books as PDFs.

Links on the sides of the Web page allow kids to learn more about the real Mik and Nero, find links to drug resources, and look at concept art from the comic. There's even a link if the kids want to send the dogs fan mail.

Anyone interested in ordering a print run of any of the "Mik & Nero" books can e-mail Patrick Sherman for details.

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