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In The Shadow of a Badge: Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming Hardcover – February 25, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (February 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401942385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401942380
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An outstanding and inspirational story that will provide its readers with hope, and renew their faith in God and mankind. Lillie’s story will bring tears to your eyes and warm your heart . . . I could not put the book down.”
— Kenneth T. McCabe, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired), Commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Commission Board (Retired)

About the Author

Lillie Leonardi worked in law enforcement for more than 25 years before retiring to pursue her lifelong dream of writing. In 1984, Leonardi was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. She broke barriers again in 1994 when she was appointed the first female chief of police for Chatham College. In 1998, Leonardi joined the FBI (Pittsburgh Division) as the Community Outreach Specialist, where she served until 2010. 

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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.

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It's a powerful story of love, faith & hope!
T. White
It was difficult to follow at times, annoying at other times when I just wanted the author to stick with one story rather than jumping around.
So the book is worth a look, but don't expect it to be more than what it is.
Neal C. Reynolds

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By gina drellack on February 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this book because I wanted to learn more about the field of angels at the crash site of Flight 93 on 9/11 in Shanksville, PA. Lille Leonardi, an FBI agent serving at the crash site, has written this memoir of her personal spiritual journey in regards to this vision she was gifted with. By sharing her journey she helps others with theirs.

The beautifully illustrated cover of the book says, "A Memoir About Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming."

If you are looking for a memoir about Flight 93 from an FBI perspective, you will not find it here. Bureau policy mandates that no classified or sensitive information be revealed, and Ms. Leonardi explains this in a succinct closing note. She is highly professional in keeping any FBI-related information general and generic.

If you are looking for an in-depth story about the field of angels, you will also not find that here. The vision she was given that she shares is incredibly powerful, profound, and pointed. The book is spent on her processing the vision and its effect on her life, rather than on the vision itself--which fulfills the purpose of her book. I give it four stars out of five because I was looking for something else, but this is still a good book.

If you are looking for a supportive story of one person's spiritual homecoming to encourage and inspire you with your own, drop everything and go get this book! If you are looking for details and depth about the angels that were present at the crash site, this is not your source.

A very human example of the ever-present divine support on our spiritual journey through EarthSchool, this book is a beautiful reminder that God totally has our back.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By honoryourspirit on February 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It took an act of unspeakable tragedy to force Lillie Leonardi to stop living a double life. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 and specifically the downing of United Airlines Flight 93 helped crack open Leonardi’s tough cop-turned-FBI agent exterior, exposing her raw and vulnerable spiritual center.

Standing amid the wreckage of that downed plane in Shanksville, PA, she experienced a religious awakening that caused her to rethink her entire life for the next decade. From that day forward, she would no longer be able to choose between being a law enforcement agent or a spiritual pilgrim; instead, the event forced her to address the two separate sides to her life and make them whole.

In her memoir, In the Shadow of a Badge, Leonardi describes seeing angels at the crash site in Shanksville. Her interpretation of this event was that the angels were helping transition the passengers and crew of the plane to heaven and that they were also watching over the hundreds of law enforcement personnel who had arrived to investigate the scene.

Having experienced other angel sightings throughout her life, Leonardi was comforted by the sight. Yet working in a male-dominated field for her adult life led her to hide her spiritual self with her coworkers and most of the world. Only her immediate family and friends understood her devotion to the Catholic faith and how she reveled in it during quiet moments.

To her coworkers and to the outside world, she was simply a “Robocop,” and acted on calculated, intellectual reasoning alone, leaving little room for spiritual or emotional reactions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2013
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In this heartfelt memoir by FBI agent Lillie Leonardi, she retraces for readers her experiences on that fateful day of 9/11. She was one of the first law enforcement agents on the scene of the Flight #93 crash in Pennsylvania. What she saw that day, and is willing to share with us, is moving. Anyone with spiritual leanings wants to believe that God was omnipresent that day. What Lillie witnessed assures us that God was.

Leonardi discusses her spiritual and emotional journey before and after that experience as a former 25-year law enforcement agent, Chief of Police, FBI employee and liason to United Airlines regarding 9/11 and that plane crash. This book will especially be of interest to women in law enforcement, folks with an interest in spirituality and living it in all aspects of our lives, Catholics (of which Leonardi is one), families of 9/11 victims, and those interested in 9/11 events. You feel the sincerity in Leonardi's words as she is candid about her concerns, her health, and her vulnerability. This isn't a long book. There is just a few pages on what she saw on the Pennsylvania field where the heroes of Flight #93 sacrificed their lives for the good of the nation. That plane's target was either The White House or Capitol Building we heard later. What an assault that would have been on our nation and its psyche, if the heroes on that plane hadn't diverted it to a Pennsylvania field. My brother was in the Capitol Building that day and by the time they got the evacuation order, if the plane had kept on its trajectory, it would have been too late for those in the Capitol Building he told us.
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