Motorcycle Ohio Presents 'Saved by the Helmet Award'


For Immediate Release: September 13, 2021




(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Motorcycle Ohio, a division of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, will present John Wagner of Youngstown a “Saved by the Helmet” award.  The award is given throughout the year to those who survive serious crashes while wearing a helmet.  On July 25, 2020, a vehicle turned left in front of Wagner impacting him at 35 mph and sending him at least 15 feet in the air. As a result, Wagner suffered from a pelvis fracture.

Included in the presentation will be a certificate of recognition and a new replacement helmet. Motorcycle Ohio hopes that acknowledging riders who wear protective gear will help to promote and increase awareness of the life-saving value of motorcycle helmets. 

WHAT: Motorcycle Ohio “Saved by the Helmet” Award presentation


John R. Wagner III, “Saved by the Helmet” Award recipient

Michele Piko, State Program Coordinator, Motorcycle Ohio

Gary Ghizzoni, Motorcycle Ohio Program Coordinator, Trumbull Career & Technical Center

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Trumbull Career & Technical Center, 528 Educational Hwy NW, Warren, OH 44483

BACKGROUND: For more than 30 years, Motorcycle Ohio has provided Ohio’s riders the opportunity to improve their skills and make the roadways safer for all motorists. The state has over 400,000 registered motorcycles, 600,000 endorsed riders, and issues 40,000 motorcycle permits per year. When combining those numbers, this makes Ohio the fifth largest state in the union in total ridership. Funded by motorcycle plate fees and class registrations, Motorcycle Ohio’s objectives is to provide affordable effective education programs to our stakeholders while promoting awareness to other road users. To learn more about Motorcycle Ohio please visit