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BMV wins Front Line Award for 10th consecutive year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:59
Rob Holley, the branch manager at the Bowling Green BMV office, accepts the Front Line Award from Kara Steele with Life Connection. This year the BMV won its 10th straight award from Life Connection of Ohio. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) agency in Bowling Green is on a winning streak, and it is saving lives in the process.
The Bowling Green BMV has been presented with the Front Line Award from Life Connection of Ohio, the non-profit organ procurement organization that promotes and facilitates organ donation in northwest and west central Ohio
The Front Line Award was created 11 years ago by Donate Life Ohio, a statewide consortium representing organ and tissue recovery agencies, to recognize the people working the "front line" at the BMV agencies. Each year, five agencies are recognized for their efforts to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in Ohio.
The Bowling Green BMV staff was presented with this award on Thursday. 
This marks the 10th year in a row that the Bowling Green BMV is being recognized for its outstanding performance. With a consent rate of 66.3% (12,925 out of 19,485), the Bowling Green BMV had the highest percentage of people register as donors when renewing or receiving their driver's licenses or State IDs in 2012 in District 4 (comprised of 29 counties and 38 BMV agencies in Ohio).
The Perrysburg BMV agency had the second highest percentage in the district with 65.9% saying "yes" to donation, and the Norwalk BMV agency came in third with 63.9%
In 2012, 57% of Ohioans joined the Ohio Donor Registry.
The presentation is during April/National Donate Life Month, a time to raise awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donation. Currently, there are more than 117,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, including 3,400 Ohioans. The organ shortage continues to grow at a staggering rate, as another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Sadly, 19 people die each day before they are able to receive their second chances at life. The good news: One donor has the power to save up to eight lives and enhance the lives 50 more.
For more information about organ and tissue donation, contact Life Connection of Ohio at (419) 893-1618. Register as an organ and tissue donor at www.DonateLifeOhio.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:33

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