Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub, Flood Brothers Disposal and Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 present the Hibernian Radio Hour as we continue on our First Responders Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome 40 year Law Enforcement veteran, Eugene Roy. Eugene grew up in St. Joachim’s parish and is a St. Philip’s alum. He looks back on his childhood growing up in that rough neighborhood where he could see a brothel from his school window – “It’s a different form of sex education!” Eugene joined the Force in ’86 and he tells Houli how he became involved with Law Enforcement when he would chat to the officers after church on Sundays. He began his career in Law at 20 years old as a telecommunicator/dispatcher and he then moved to the Office of Professional Standards where he investigated police shootings and allegations of excessive force against officers. Eugene worked in Narcotics Investigations for the State Attorney General’s Office while living in North Dakota. He chats about how he worked his way up to become CPD Chief of Detectives and he shares some of the best stories from his extensive career with including the craziness surrounding he White Sox World Series win when the FBI landed a helicopter on the train tracks. Eugene has also worked on some high profile cases including the pregnant woman who was shot and killed during trick-or-treating in ’07 and a family of six who were murdered, two of those were children in ’16. After seeing the toll the stress of the job was taking on his officers, he decided to get involved in officer wellness during his retirement by helping officers take care of their mental health – “We want to prevent officers from getting to the point where they have PTSD”. Please donate and help support the heroes that keep us safe everyday at their website. Gene is a perfect example of a purpose driven retiree who works at giving back to the CPD community in this season of stress for our police. Bank the Blue! Houli then brings us up to date on the recent obituaries and we end another great show on a comedic note with some jokes from the man himself.
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Great interview! Eugene you are a true hero!
He is indeed, Patrick! And we’re looking forward to having you on the show soon yourself.