COLUMBUS— On Wednesday, Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) recognized Mark Weiner, the Director of Victim Services for the Licking County Prosecutor's Office, on receiving the National Crime Victim Service Award from the U.S. Justice Department.
Weiner, one of Licking County’s four crime victim advocates, was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice for his dedication to victim advocacy. Most recently, for his compassion towards the victims' families following the devastating Kirkersville shooting in May 2017.
"Mark is a true advocate for those who are hurting, an invaluable member of our community and an incredibly compassionate soul," said Hottinger. "It is my privilege to honor him for this much deserved award."
The U.S. Justice Department annually recognizes individuals, teams, programs, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. Weiner, along with 11 other individuals from across the U.S., was honored on April 12, 2019 during an awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C.