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Sixteen-year-old Piper Welsh is spearheading a campaign to promote seatbelt use after her brother Patrick was killed in a car accident earlier this year. Patrick, a N.D. National Guard soldier, was killed just two months after returning from Iraq. Herald photo by John Stennes.

After brother's death, Grand Forks teen raises awareness about seat belts

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Piper Welsh had a close bond to her older brother, Patrick, and picked up some of his traits.

"She probably has a little bit of her brother's stubbornness in her," Piper's mom Stacy said. "He was her hero."

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But Piper Welsh's stubbornness has been a good thing since March, when her brother died in a car accident only two months after returning from a yearlong stint in Iraq with the North Dakota Army National Guard.

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