Defiance Father and Son Join Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” Club

Written by on March 10, 2022

Jeremy A. Cullen, Jayden A. Cullen and Lieutenant Alec Coil

(LIMA) – Defiance residents Jeremy A. Cullen and Jayden A. Cullen joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” Club today after their safety belts saved them from sustaining life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred on Interstate 75 in Allen County on December 29, 2021.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Alec Coil, Lima Post commander, presented them with “Saved by the Belt” certificates signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath and Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent.

“Jeremy and Jayden are a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” Lieutenant Coil said. “Everyone needs to buckle up every trip, every time.”

Provisional data from 2021 shows 565 people in Ohio were killed in traffic crashes where a safety belt was available, but not in use. For up-to-date statistics and information on seat belts, log onto the Patrol’s Seatbelt Dashboard at:

The “Saved by the Belt” Club is a joint effort by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and more than 400 Ohio law enforcement agencies. This club is designed to recognize people who have benefited from their decision to wear safety belts.

They also received a “Saved by the Belt” license plate bracket.

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