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OSP recognizes Cortland father's service following death of teenage son

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WARREN, Ohio -

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is recognizing a Cortland man for his dedication to teen driving safety after losing his own child in a car accident.

Bill Hess will receive a Certificate of Recognition from the OSP Warren post Thursday night at 5 p.m. at the post in Southington.

Hess' son was 19 years-old when he was killed in a single vehicle crash in 2011.

Since then, Hess has been a “tireless crusader” for teen driving safety, according to OSP.

OSP says Hess regularly shares the story of his loss with the Carteens/Drive to Survive Program, an educational program designed to teach teen drivers about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

Hess is also a guest speaker for Trumbull County safety programs including the high school program, Students Making a Safer Highway (SMASH), OSP says.

Certificates of Recognition are awarded by the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in recognition of exemplary performance and acts deserving of special recognition, according to OSP. 

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