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Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2020 that will be inducted along with guest speaker Terry Bradshaw at the June 8 banquet.

The late Hans Dietz grew up in Chester, and was a graduate of the National River Academy, being named by his classmates as the “one who had most affected their lives.” He piloted riverboats and later formed a partnership to establish the Dietz Tank Cleaning business. A devout Christian, he was a youth leader and president of the Nazarene Youth International. Dietz was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming a troop leader and eventually becoming the youngest person ever elected to the National Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was killed in a barge explosion on the Ohio River at the age of 34.

A Wintersville firefighter since he was 14 and the chief since he was 25, William Robert Herrington was one of the first paramedics in Jefferson County.

He spearheaded the effort to get the Enhanced 911 system in the county and has been the director since its inception.

He also coordinated the department’s effort to purchase and renovate St. Florian Hall — the home of many community events.

An East Liverpool native, Dru Joyce was responsible for spotting the basketball talent in a 10-year-old LeBron James, who went on to become an NBA superstar.

As a coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in Akron, he helped lead the team — which included his son “Little Dru” and LeBron — to many Division III State Basketball Championships. He is head coach there and serves as the head of the Northeast Ohio Basketball Association. He founded the Dru Joyce Classic, one of the top five youth AAU basketball tournaments in the country.

The late Michael Turk was born in Russia to Lithuanian parents and came to the United States at the age of 11. He graduated from East Liverpool High School, and his work ethic was developed early with a car washing job that later developed into a career he was passionate about – selling cars. He opened his own dealership and he attended 54 consecutive National Automobile Dealers Association conventions. Through it all, he also became a farmer, a radio station operator, a cattle breeder, an air raid warden and an accomplished pilot, once saving the life of a drowning boater with his sea plane. Until his death in 1971, he was very active in campaigns on behalf of the Red Cross, cerebral palsy, cancer and heart funds and was a member of several area service organizations.

All-American icon Terry Bradshaw will be inducted as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement recipient. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers 14 seasons, led them to eight AFC Central championships and won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period between 1974 and 1979. In 1972 he threw the “Immaculate Reception” pass to Franco Harris to beat the Raiders in the AFC Division playoffs – arguably one of the most famous plays in NFL history. He was a two-time Super Bowl MVP and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bradshaw retired after the 1983 season and has gone on to thrive in careers as a sports broadcaster, a singer and an actor in television and movies. He also owns Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses, a business which specializes in breeding and raising world-class HQHA halter and pleasure horses. He was the first and only NFL player to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition, Lou Holtz will address the event crowd.

Due to the number of tickets going to event sponsors and previous inductees, a very limited amount of tickets is available to the general public, and those interested are encouraged to contact the Hall of Fame at (330) 386-5443.

Tickets are $135, which covers admission, the buffet meal, a keepsake gift, a commemorative program and a chance at prize drawings held at the event. Half of that cost is tax deductible.

The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville.

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