B.O.H.A. (Badge of Honor Association) is a grassroots volunteer effort founded in March 2007 by long time Chili residents and Rochester Police Officers Sergeant Justin Collins and Brian Phillips. Justin Collins has been the B.O.H.A. President since the group's inception and Phillips has served its original Vice President and today as an Executive member.

B.O.H.A. (Badge of Honor Association) is a grassroots volunteer effort founded in March 2007 by long time Chili residents and Rochester Police Officers Sergeant Justin Collins and Brian Phillips. Justin Collins has been the B.O.H.A. President since the group's inception and Phillips has served its original Vice President and today as an Executive member.

Their organization is comprised of dedicated members of law enforcement agencies across the State who diligently volunteers to not only raise funds for fallen officers but present the police profession in positive light by giving back to the community.

The Badge of Honor Association helps to promote camaraderie within the law enforcement community and to build strong ties between agencies and the citizens for whom they serve. The Badge of Honor Association's first goal was to dedicate commemorative plaques to honor Rochester Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty. These plaques can now be found at the exact locations where these hero officers made the ultimate sacrifice. Since then B.O.H.A. has assisted the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police, Webster P.D. in honoring their fallen officers, with road signs.

March 2014 will mark its seven year anniversary. Today BOHA has over 200 volunteers from police departments throughout western and central NY. From the beginning BOHA believed that we had an obligation to give back to the community by helping other local charities.

In keeping with this belief BOHA selects a secondary charity to share the proceeds from our events. To date the Badge of Honor Association has donated approximately $44,000 dollars to local charities. These organizations include; Golisano Children's Hospital, Pirate Toy Fund, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Autism Council of Rochester, National Kidney Foundation, Managing Autism Together Today, Center for Youth, YMCA Invest in Youth program, Bivona Children's Advocacy Center, West Webster Volunteer Firemen's Association, and The Special Olympics. During the past 7 years The Badge of Honor Association's two major fundraising events, the Policemen's Ball and Cop-a-Palooza, have attracted estimated 20,000 people from throughout the state. The Rochester PD used to have a Policeman's Ball, but that was last held around 1955, however it was not at the scope it has become with B.O.H.A. has developed it to.

Everyone dresses in a black tie affair and the spouses or partners get to meet other officer's significant otherswives to develop a network to work through being the spouse of a law enforcement officer. These include local, small police departments consisting of two or three officer to the federal level of FBI, Border Patrol and DEA. There is however, one table set to military standards to remember the fallen. In the future B.O.H.A. hopes to continue their mission and to attract supporters from throughout western and central New York to join their family.

In March 2014 BOHA will solute 15 additional departments and their fallen honoring 61 more fallen officers with memorial signs. On April 19th they are also hosting a First Responder Night at the Blue Cross Arena. Also on April 19th the Tau Kappa Epsilon and Delta Phi Epsilon fraternities will host another "Dodge the Police" dodge-ball tournament. Last year, the men in blue did not fair so well against their opponents. To register go to Join Dodge where all proceeds are donated to BOHA. Earlier this year, Rochester Police Officer Mike Ciulla and the RPD Color Guard opened a Sabre's game where classically trained opera singer Officer Ciulla sang the National Anthem.

Through this organization both administration, union officials and officers find the common ground to honor the fallen and injured. "The Badge of Honor Association operates on the commitment of dedicated, passionate and driven volunteers. These men and women are truly unsung heroes, for without their efforts our organization could not survive" said Collins.

The organization also promotes the history of law enforcement. Rochester Police Department's first line of duty death occurred on Monday, July 3, 1876. Patrolman Louis Gomenginger was killed while chasing a burglary suspect. BOHA is not just about the RPD, but all law enforcement officers. Lest we never forget the fallen. The Badge of Honor Association can use donation of monetary value, or your time. If you feel the need and desire to help this organization expand, please contact them. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes and more bodies make for light work.