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In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir About Flight 93, a Field of Angels and My Spiritual Homecoming Paperback – November 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Word Association Publishers; 1st edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595717390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595717399
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT LILLIE LEONARDI | www.LillieLeonardi.com

After serving for 25 years and as a result of medical issues related to her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis, Lillie Leonardi retired from the law enforcement profession and now endeavors to pursue her lifetime passion for writing.

From 1998 to 2010, during her tenure with the FBI, Lillie's primary focus and research related to the topic of violence prevention. She also worked under the auspice of the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania and served with a prestigious group of instructors who provided training on various subjects including: Community Policing, Crime Prevention, Cultural Diversity, Hate Crimes, Responding to a Major Incident, Threat Assessment and Violence Reduction Techniques, as well as other related topics.

During 9-11 and in the days that followed, Lillie was utilized by the FBI to address representatives from law enforcement, government and social service agencies assisting with evidence recovery and preparations for two Flight 93 memorial services. Moreover, she not only served as primary liaison to the United Airlines Humanitarian Response Team, presenting at daily briefings and interacting with surviving family members, but also escorted the families to the crash site location for the Flight 93 memorial services.

Post 9-11, Lillie was the contact representative for three other projects relating to Flight 93 presented by: Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; the Heinz History Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; as well as the Flight 93 Oral History Project coordinated by the Department of Interior and based in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Prior to her career with the FBI, Lillie worked as the lead law enforcement officer on two college campuses located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was appointed the first female Chief of Police for Chatham University (1994) and the Director of Security for Carlow University (1992). In 1984, Lillie was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. While employed with the police department, she specialized in crimes against children investigations and crime prevention.

Customer Reviews

I cried several times during the read.
Lizard
Not only does she describe how the horrific experience changed her life, she found the courage to share a truly awesome vision.
Deborah Lloyd
I know that I benefitted from this story and I know others will as well.
Denny

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Lloyd on March 10, 2012
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Lillie Leonardi takes us back to September 11th, as she describes her traumatic experience of that day. As a professional who was called to duty in Shanksville, PA, she was affected in the most human ways. Not only does she describe how the horrific experience changed her life, she found the courage to share a truly awesome vision. Her physical, emotional and spiritual healing journey from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to becoming whole again reminds us courage is the driving force of making real change.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Browder on July 4, 2012
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Riveting... Emotional... and Extremely Traumatic are words forever etched in my mind that describe the emotions felt that day and resurfacing as I sit curled on my couch with Lillie Leonardi's book, "In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir."

She shares her experience as a first responder to the hijacked airliner that crashed in Shankville, PA on September 11, 2001. An unimaginable and horrific event; a life altering change for all Americans and the world!

A former FBI employee that suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, she attributes this condition to her role in the investigation of the terror attacks.

Leonardi describes her life as forever altered from that experience. The plot centers on her vision of angels at the crash site. She first describes the thick smell of fuel, burning wood and smoldering pine. She thought back to all the cases she handled as a police officer but this was far the worst. She felt many emotions standing in the field and taking in the scene. It was then that she saw the shimmer of light on her left shoulder that grew into the angels that filled the crash scene. Oddly, she did not see any of the lifeless bodies scattered in the field. She contends that her life has been changed more by what she didn't see that day.
"When I look at people, I see their souls... I witness the internal source of their being, the external of the person. I see the purity which is derived from their sprit buried within the caverns of their body and connected to their mind."

As I read, I caught my mind drifting back to that moment in time; a vivid painful memory. The gut wrenching pain in my stomach; extreme agony deep within! Being 6 months pregnant, I grabbed my belly; protecting my unborn child. I wept as many of us did!

Leonardi's personal account is a very touching one. Through her experience, she has become an inspiration to others as a writer and speaker. I highly recommend this memoir!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Denny on December 7, 2011
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What an inspirational personal memior. I know that I benefitted from this story and I know others will as well. Thank you Lillie Leonardi for sharing your experience with us. I know that you will have great success with this endeavor. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on July 4, 2012
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I don't think your review was very nice at all, Oblio13. If you choose to not accept what Lillie said in her memoir then by all means speak your mind BUT to say hateful and sarcastic things about Christianity which is what u did, is just ugh a whole other level of ridiculous and not at all needed or in the least bit helpful.

I haven't read this book yet...I hope it comes to Kindle soon because I can't wait to read this. Many friends and family recently told me how great your story is to read and gave it "two thumbs up"! Inspiration is always needed in a type of society we live in today, sadly. Thank you Lillie for coming forward and opening your heart to us readers.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Early Kearney on September 10, 2012
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Purchased the paperback version for $18 and do not think it worth the price as it is less than 200 pages and could have been told in about 50 pages. Author is credible but her story is rather choppy, scattered and bland. The "story part about seeing the hoard of Angels with Michael" should have been one of the best parts of this book and took up all of a large paragraph with no real detail. Her personal story is long drawn out page turner bland in description and not very enlightening. As to description of 911 and the real hour to hour events of the people, the feelings and the 'real time' day to day activities I found myself re-reading to see if I missed the details I sought. I found it odd she did NOT ask her fellow teammates about THEIR feelings and thoughts or ask about any visions they may have had during that experience. Its done in flashback mode and is rather dull. Yes she certainly had a rough time years later but her spiral into depression etc takes up more pages of little detail. I am glad she is out of the 'mental depression' that she experienced but do not see it out of the normal realm for someone having gone through such in real life minus the 911 experience. She is a religious woman but found it odd that since she 'had a connection to the Arch-Angel Michael' throughout her entire life she experienced so much depression that she could not cope with and relied on a priest and dead real life father religious teachings for help. If you want to read about a woman's life of ups and downs, this book is for you. If you want a read about the real life event of 911 in Pa - find another book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Brady on September 5, 2012
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This book was a delight and very inspirational. I could hardly put the book down after beginning it. I would think it would be helpful to those who lost loved ones during 9/11 as well as those who believe in angels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Mallette on August 25, 2012
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This true story is a very timely and comforting view of a tragic event that touched every American alive in 2001. I say timely because if this book would've come out shortly after the events of 9-11, or even five years later, the tragedy was still too fresh for me to have an interest in wanting to read a book that relived it, and I live safe in a midwestern town practically untouched by those physical events. But I had the opportunity to visit Shanksville this past spring and when I heard there was a spiritual book written by someone who had been there in the aftermath, it was the perfect time for me to read it. Her vision of the angels is so believable and comforting that it touched my heart and brought peace to my soul. This story was beautifully written and for all Christians it effectively reiterates that God's hand is in ALL things, even earthly tragedies. Thank you, Lillie, for your bravery in sharing your very personal story and rest assured it will help a lot of people cope with this and other traumatic events (you have more than fulfilled Benjamin Franklin's advice of coming to the aid of one other human being in your lifetime!) May God bless you and your recovery.
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