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OTC Auto Collision Repair Program Recognized for Community Service Project

Captain Luther Hiers (second from right) of the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network recently presented an appreciation to OTC automotive collision repair (ACR) instructors Jack Dixon (right) and Terry Simmons (second from left) for their support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network. Carlton Fleming (left), Peyton Turner, and Wesley Nicholls were among the ACR students who helped refurbish the Rollover Simulator (background). Auto Collision Repair

OTC’s auto collision repair students, supervised by their instructors, volunteered their time and skills to paint the Rollover Simulator used by Captain Hiers to educate the public on proper use of seat belts and child safety seats.

Captain Hiers is the coordinator of the Enforcement Network which originated from and operates out of the Jesup Police Department. “We have been conducting Occupant Protection programs for the last 11 ½ years and the equipment was beginning to show some ‘wear and tear,’ stated Captain Hiers. “I would like to thank Mr. Jack Dixon, Mr. Terry Simmons, and the OTC students who worked on the truck, along with OTC President Gail Thaxton, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner and Captain Chris Tatum for their support.”

Originally, according to Hiers, the Rollover Simulator was built to educate the citizens of Wayne County; however, the project’s service delivery area has expanded since then. To date, Hiers has been in 59 of Georgia’s 159 counties. In Waycross, Hiers has demonstrated the simulator at the Exchange Club Fair on three different occasions and at Ware County High School twice.

The simulator is a Chevrolet S-10 pickup cab and bed that was donated by General Motors around twelve years ago. It was built labor-free by Boykin Erectors of Jesup. “As you can image,” stated Captain Hiers, “we are very grateful to everyone who has helped keep us in operation, especially since we work with a very limited budget.”

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