Board of Trustees | First Responders Service Board
In order for First Responders' Bridge to fulfill its mission, we have put together a team of committed professionals that represent excellence and integrity in their chosen field.
First Responders Service Board
Chief of Police, Bellbrook Police Dept.
Chief Doherty is a decorated officer and has been awarded numerous awards for bravery, leadership and community involvement. Chief Doherty has been the Chief of Police at the City of Bellbrook since 2014. Chief Doherty has spearheaded many community initiatives and takes a very active role in the community and the training of his officers. Chief Doherty sits on a number of community panels that take active roles in areas of Domestic Violence, Adult protection, Bellbrook City Schools, Local Festival committees and Community activities.
Chief Doherty is a 2001 graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Traffic and Command, a 2003 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Herzing University in Criminal Justice.
Deputy Chief, Columbus Police
As a Sergeant, Deputy Chief Bodker supervised the officers of 2 precinct-C company, in the North Linden community. While serving as a sergeant, Deputy Chief Bodker also had the privilege of being selected as a hostage negotiator for the Columbus Division of Police. Deputy Chief Bodker served on the Hostage Negotiation Team and was a member of the Midwest Crisis Negotiators until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 2010.
Deputy Chief Bodker served as a Division Lieutenant in the Patrol, Detective and the Professional Standards Bureaus. As a lieutenant, he served as the Incident Commander for special events such as Ohio State Football games, Presidential visits, and protests throughout the City of Columbus. It was also during his time as a lieutenant, that Deputy Chief Bodker, along with a core team of law enforcement and mental health professionals formed the Peer Assistance Team.
In 2015, Deputy Chief Bodker was promoted to the rank of commander. He was assigned to lead the Professional Standards Bureau and was honored to represent the Columbus Division of Police in 2017 as it was awarded “Accreditation with Excellence” by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA). In 2016, Deputy Chief Bodker was proud to join with Deputy Chief Michael Woods and Commander Mark Lang to lead nearly 200 Columbus Police Officers to Cleveland, Ohio, to address safety concerns, during the Republican National Convention. In 2017, Deputy Chief Bodker was appointed by the Chief of Police to head the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bodker grew up and attended high school in Atlanta, Georgia. After high school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Deputy Chief Bodker is a graduate of the United States Postal Inspector Training Academy, the 64th session of the Police Executive Leadership College, the Force Science Institute, and the 275th session of the FBI-National Academy. Deputy Chief Bodker has received the designation as a Certified Law Enforcement Executive by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.
Deputy Chief Bodker and his wife Karen are proud to be the parents of three daughters Bailey, Grace, and Morgan.
Lieutenant, Westerville Police Dept., Chaplain, The Bridge
He has 30 years of law enforcement experience and is currently a lieutenant with the Westerville Division of Police where he has served since 2000. His law enforcement career began as a U.S. Army Military Police officer and continued as a police officer in Illinois for nearly 9 years, prior to his appointment with Westerville. He has been fortunate to have served in a wide variety of specialized positions over the course of his career to include; honor guard member, field training officer, bomb technician, SWAT member and team leader, and supervisory roles in all three bureaus at Westerville PD.
Ron is active in his church and is involved in a youth mentoring program. He received Law Enforcement Chaplain Training through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Critical Incident Stress Management training through the ICISF. He has a unique appreciation for those who willingly put themselves in harms way to protect and serve others and is humbled by the opportunity to serve them.
Ron will serve as Chaplain for The Bridge.
Columbus Police SWAT Lieutenant
Lieutenant Ohl graduated from the Ohio State University in 1988 with a B.A. in Sociology and began his career there as a university law enforcement officer in 1988 and was a member of the SRT team as a sniper.
Retired Westerville Firefighter, member of Critical Incident Stress Management(CISM) team
Tom was inducted into Westerville South High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. He received Westerville Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award for significant and meritorious service in 2009, Westerville Sunrise Rotary’s Service Above Self award and The American Legion’s Firefighter Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Public Service in 2011. Tom was the City of Westerville’s 2009 Employee of the Year. Additionally, Tom was recognized as Sunny 95/CME Federal Credit Union/ThisWeek’s Hometown Hero in 2014. He is a member of the Central Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM), a member of the Heritage Christian Church’s Safety & Security Team and was a co-facilitator of their 13 week Grief Share Program. Tom was called to New York City by The History Channel to be interviewed for the episode, 9-11: “15 September’s Later,” in 2016.
In retirement Tom loves playing Pickleball.
Arson Investigator, Columbus Fire Dept.
He has an Associate’s Degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University and currently sits on the boards of the Ohio chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Ohio Arson School, and the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts.
Robbery Detective, Columbus Police Dept.
In 1994, Bryan joined the Columbus Division of Police, where he serves to this day. As a CPD officer, Bryan started out in the Patrol Subdivision, where he worked the Linden area on Columbus’ near east side. Bryan then spent time in the Accident Investigation Unit, where he was responsible for reconstructing fatal vehicle collisions and pursuing criminal charges against those responsible. From there, Bryan was assigned to the Special Forces Subdivision as a Senior Pilot within the CPD Helicopter Unit. As a pilot, Bryan compiled over 3,000 hours as a pilot in command. Ultimately, Bryan transferred into the Detective Bureau and was assigned to the Robbery Unit, where he continues to investigate robberies throughout the city of Columbus. During his career, Bryan has been decorated numerous times for his experiences both as a patrol officer and as a pilot.
After joining the Columbus Division of Police, in his spare time, Bryan spent 12 seasons as a high school varsity football coach, where he passed on his love for the game to numerous high school athletes. Bryan was also a founding member of MidOhio Shredding, a company responsible for securely destroying confidential data/documents. Bryan’s professional decision to leave the private sector in 1994 and answer his call to serve has emerged as fulfilling journey, one grounded by his family and guided by his faith in God.