Kansas Concerns of Police Survivors

Linda Bohlender - President
Linda is the wife of Officer Charles (Joey) Bohlender Jr., Topeka Police Department. Officer Bohlender and Officer Jeff Howey were killed

on Tuesday, June 13, 2000 when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store.

Danielle Marten - Vice President
Danielle is the daughter of Police Officer Danny Dean Laffey, Wichita Police Department. Officer Laffey was struck and killed by a vehicle on Tuesday, January 5, 1982 while investigating a disturbance at a local club.

Marilyn Goodheart - Treasurer
Marilyn is the wife of Master Trooper Dean Allen Goodheart, Kansas Highway Patrol. Trooper Goodheart was killed on Wednesday, September 6, 1995 after being struck by a car on I-70, near Oakley, while performing a routine safety inspection.


December Buckman - Secretary
December is the daughter of Police Officer Robert Buckman, Macksville Police Department. Officer Buckman succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, sustained five days earlier when his vehicle was caught in a massive tornado as he responded to rural portions of Stafford County, Kansas, to warn residents of approaching tornadoes.


Nena Howey - Trustee 
Nena is the wife of Officer Jeff Howey, Topeka Police Department. Officer Howey and Officer Charles (Joey) Bohlender, Jr. were killed on Tuesday, June 13, 2000 when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store.   

Joe Bohlender - Trustee

Joe is the father of Officer Charles (Joey) Bohlender Jr., Topeka Police Department. Officer Bohlender and Officer Jeff Howey were killed on Tuesday, June 13, 2000 when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store.    


Amy Ricks - Trustee
Amy is the wife of Deputy Cory Allen Ricks, Seward County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Ricks was killed in an automobile accident on Friday, January 13, 2006 while transporting a juvenile prisoner.


Leasta Buckman - Trustee
Leasta is the granddaughter of Police Officer Robert Buckman, Macksville Police Department. Officer Buckman succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, sustained five days earlier when his vehicle was caught in a massive tornado as he responded to rural portions of Stafford County, Kansas, to warn residents of approaching tornadoes.


Susan Imthurn – Outreach Coordinator
Susan is the mother of Police Officer Jeff Atherly. Officer Atherly and Corporal David Gogian were shot and killed on Sunday, December 16, 2012 while checking on a suspicious vehicle in a grocery store parking lot.


Captain Josef Sudduth, Olathe Police Department – Law Enforcement Liaison Officer


Dustin Dierenfeldt, Kansas City Kansas Police Department - Law Enforcement Liaison Officer