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Friday, April 25, 2008

Free Comic Book Day to Honor a Local Hero

From ComicsPRO Director Gary Dills, owner of the Laughing Ogre in Columbus, OH:

"This Free Comic Book Day is an especially important one in Columbus because it is giving us the opportunity to honor a real life hero. On April 10, 2008 Diane Sharp, a crossing guard at Scioto Darby Elementary school in Hilliard, was killed saving the life of Christian Engle, a second grader.

Jamie Colegrove, owner of Packrat Comics located near Scioto Darby Creek Elementary, said 'it truly was amazing how quickly Diane reacted to protect Christian. We wanted to honor her sacrifice and heroism. Free Comic Book Day seemed like an excellent opportunity to acknowledge her as our own superhero.'

All the comic retailers in the community whole-heartedly agreed. Each of the participating stores will be accepting donations on behalf of the Sharp and Engle families’ funds at Fifth Third and Key Bank.

In addition, kids stopping in can fill out a form to let us know which school they attend, and for every form we receive, The Laughing Ogre will make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Diane Sharp’s name."