Nov. 17, 2021

S5E84: Shot He Survived and Eventually Became The Police Chief.

S5E84: Shot He Survived and Eventually Became The Police Chief.

Shot with a Shotgun, He Survived and Eventually Became The Police Chief.  He purchased soft body armor at his expense before, and that saved his life. He tells his story & his ascension to Police Chief.

Early in his police career before Departments issued soft body armor, he was shot with a shotgun. Fortunately for him, he and his wife made the expensive decision to purchase soft body armor at their expense. The soft body armor is what saved his life. Tom tells us about the life and death incident, his recovery and the decision to return to his police career. He continued to serve in the Riverside Illinois Police Department and eventually was promoted to the position of Police Chief.

Retired Riverside Illinois Police Chief Tom Weitzel is our guest on the Law Enforcement Today Show. Follow Chief Weitzel on Twitter at @chiefweitzel. Chief Weitzel can also be reached at

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John J Wiley

Retired Police Sergeant, Music Radio Personality, Talk Radio Show Host, Podcaster and Producer

John J. Wiley is a retired Police Sergeant turned radio personality. He has been a full time FM Music Radio DJ since 2005. In 2017 he founded the Law Enforcement Today Podcast, with the assistance of Robert Greenberg. Within a couple months a radio station heard an episode of the podcast and asked him to create a radio version, which he did. It has been syndicated since the Spring of 2017 and has numerous affiliate radio stations across the US.