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Tiffin Campus

928 W. Market Street

Tiffin, OH  44883


Fax:  419-447-2825

Marion Campus

333 E. Center Street, Suite 101

Marion, OH  43302


Fax:  740-383-4804


Mansfield Campus

State Support Team Region 7

1495 W. Longview Avenue, Suite 200

Mansfield, OH  44906


Rusty's Story--Faces of Distracted Driving

On May 18, 2008, my son, John Travis Gordon, “Rusty,” was killed by a texting driver in Marion County, OH.  Since his death, I have become a victim advocate with the hopes that I will be able to make a difference in the lives of those who currently choose to engage in distracted driving.  I do not want to see others endure the pain and suffering that my wife, grandkids, daughter-in-law and I have gone through.  


In 2011, I addressed the Ohio State Senate as a victim advocate so they would understand the dangers and pass a Texting and Driving law for the State of Ohio.  In 2012, while attending a seminar in Washington, D.C., my wife and I recorded a video for the National Department of              Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board entitled “Faces of Distraction, John T. Gordon, 35.”  This video can be seen on “YouTube.”


To date, I have presented “Rusty’s Story” to more than 27,000 students throughout Central Ohio.  In July 2012, I was welcomed by the State Teen Institute as a guest speaker  during their state convention at Kenyon College for the past several years.


Texting and Driving has become the number one killer of  teenagers.          Will you take the pledge to not Text and Drive? Nobody wants to go to your funeral because you were texting and driving.


John P. T. Gordon

Rusty’s Father

To schedule a program contact Kelly Hohman, Director of Marketing.


John P. T. Gordon has been delivering his message about Distracted Driving for many years, reaching more than 27,000 people.  He tailors his program to meet organizational or school needs.  He has presented to many high schools, Chambers of Commerce, School Bus Drivers, Church groups, Police Officers/Law Enforcement, Service Clubs, Parents/Adults and other industrial/manufacturing companies thoughout Ohio.  


Program Cost:  $250.00

Faces of Distracted DrivingI Pledge to Never Text and Drive

Click on these images to take the pledge; to follow "Rusty's Story" on Facebook; or to watch the video that John and Lois recorded for the National Department of Transportation.