Motorcycle Ohio Presents 'Saved by the Helmet' Award


For Immediate Release: October 27, 2021




(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Motorcycle Ohio, a division of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, will present Cecil Thayer Jr. of Navarre a “Saved by the Helmet” award.  The award is given throughout the year to those who survive serious crashes while wearing a helmet.  On April 27, 2021 a collision with a deer caused Thayer to become ejected from his bike.  Thayer credits the use of his helmet for saving his life.

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


Cecil Thayer, “Saved by the Helmet” Award recipient

Michele Piko, State Program Coordinator, Motorcycle Ohio

Sgt. Ray Santiago, Ohio State Highway Patrol 


WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 at 1 p.m.



Canton Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 76

4711 Shuffel Street Northwest

North Canton, Ohio, 44720

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