Grace Leon became a police widow on June 25, 2000. Her husband Wayne Leon, a Cleveland Police Officer, was shot in the face during traffic stop. Grace and Wayne have three children Justin, Gabrielle and Nicholas. While grieving, Grace realized her mission for the rest of her life would be to help others in similar situations. Through her tragedy, Grace has come full circle, and is now reaching out to help others in need. She went back to college to become a Licensed Social Worker. Grace currently works for Frontline Service, part of a Traumatic Loss Response Team, and is embedded in the Cleveland Police Homicide Unit assisting families of homicide victims. Grace is very involved with many organizations in the community. She gathers strength from her deep faith in God, family, friends, and support from police organizations.
Photo by Stephanie Schwab, Photojournalist