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

From 1998 to 2010, Lillie was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division as its Community Outreach Specialist. During her tenure with the FBI, Lillie’s primary focus and research related to 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. Lillie provided training on various subjects including; community policing, crime prevention, cultural competency, hate crimes, responding to a major incident, threat assessment, and violence reduction.

On 9/11 and in the post days of recovery, Lillie was utilized by the FBI to address law enforcement, government, and social service agency representatives assisting with evidence recovery and preparations for two Flight 93 memorial services. 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 families to the crash site for the memorial services. Post 9/11, Lillie was the contact representative for three projects relating to Flight 93.

Her first non-fiction book about her experience as a responder on 9/11 called In the Shadow of a Badge was released in 2013 and sold over 30,000 copies globally. In February 2016, Lillie will release her second book titled The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive. Here she goes beyond the stories of her professional career to share memories from her personal relationships, transformational moments from her life-long spiritual journey and how she finally came to accept her gifts as an intuitive. A third book entitled Messages from the Plane is one of several publications currently in development.

Prior to her career with the FBI, Lillie worked as the lead law enforcement officer on two college campuses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1984, she was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania.

On March 3, 2016, Lillie will be honored with the Women of Achievement Award, a distinction given to 20 women annually which honors prominent women in the Pittsburgh region for excellence in their fields, significant contributions to the betterment of their communities and outstanding accomplishments for the advancementof women.

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