New school to be named after fallen police officer

Officer Bohach photo courtesy WCSD
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has voted to name a new elementary school after Reno Police Officer John Bohach, who was killed in the line of duty in 2001. The new school is in the Kiley Ranch area of Spanish Springs.

“Officer John Bohach was a champion for children,” says Board Vice President Malena Raymond. “He dedicated his life to working with the young people of our community, and he cared deeply for their welfare. Naming our new school in his memory is a well-deserved honor for this outstanding officer and his family.”

Bohach served in a variety of roles during his 13 years with Reno Police, including as a detective in the Juvenile Crimes Division. At the time of his service, he was one of only a few officers who spoke Spanish fluently, which enabled him to act as a liaison between Spanish-speaking students and families and the Reno Police Department, according to WCSD.

Bohach was shot and killed August 22, 2001 while he was assisting other officers with setting up a perimeter outside the home of an armed felon who was barricaded inside. He was 35 years old when he died, leaving his wife and two young daughters.

Trustees chose Bohach’s name from a list of three finalists submitted by the School Naming Committee, whose members reviewed names suggested by the community. The names of fellow finalists Marce Herz and Sessions S. “Buck” Wheeler will be automatically considered among semi-finalists for future schools.

John Bohach Elementary School is scheduled to open in August 2020, and is designed alleviate overcrowding in the Spanish Springs area.

Funding for new schools was made possible by voter-approved school capital funding in 2016, which provides an ongoing funding source for repairs, renovations, and construction of new schools in Washoe County.