WHO WE ARE
On April 21, 1986 Deputy Mark Bohne' was shot 5 times while investigating a
disturbance at a local business. His bullet proof vest saved his life, and shortly thereafter
LEAF was formed to assist other Palm Beach County law enforcement officers.
Deputy Bohne' had a wife and two children and was in the process of constructing a new home. Deputy Gary Hogan, a close friend, decided to raise funds to help with his extraordinary expenses during his recovery. Hogan contacted local dairy farmer, Billy Bowman for assistance. Bowman, along with other members of the community held a benefit barbeque to raise funds for the Bohne' family.
Approximately one year later, Deputy Bill Timmsen was shot five times while attempting to arrest a dangerous felon in the Belle Glade area of Palm Beach County. Bohne', Hogan, and Bowman banded together and raised funds for the Timmsen family. A benefit barbeque was successful in raising funds for the Timmsen family.
Bohne', Hogan and Bowman then decided that there should be a permanent means in place to assist officers when emergency funds are needed. They sought out community leaders and law enforcement officers from throughout the county and formed LEAF.
LEAF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We thank our Board of Directors who dedicate their time to support our mission.
John F. Wegner
Frank Sardinha, Julie Daniels, Dr. Ken Mays
James Stevenson (Retired LEO)
Mark C. Bohne (Retired LEO), Susie Bowman
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:
Honorable Rex J. Ford
Officer Greg Allen, John Clark Bills, Bob Borman (Retired LEO), Billy Bowman,
Bob Broadway, Mike Bubis, Bobby Callaway, Patrick J. Casey, Frank O. Curcio,
Martin A. Dytrych, Jonathan "Jack" Frost, Mike Gauger (Retired LEO),
Sgt. Gary C. Grande, Ray Griffith (Retired LEO), Eric Hopkins,
Hakim Kassam, John Kazanjian (Retired LEO), John J. Manuel (Retired LEO),
Mike McCutcheon (Retired LEO), Joshua Mendelsohn, Wendy H. Morse (Retired LEO),
Bill O'Leary, F. Martin Perry, Jennifer Ross, Byron C. Russell, Chuck Russo (Retired LEO),
Sgt. Terria Ann Sanford, Colonel Alphonso Starling, Michael Vetter
The LEAF Board of Directors includes citizens and local law enforcement officers from Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other local city police agencies.