Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 10, 2021

Sgt. Lee Bielecki

Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome 27 year retired CPD veteran, Sergeant Lee Bielecki to the show. Houli has crowned him an ‘honorary Irishman’! Lee grew up in Our Lady of Angels Parish and currently resides in Mount Greenwood. He always wanted to be a cop even though he had a few run-ins with the cops as a kid. He chats about his family with focus on his parents and he shares some of the wise words they had for Lee growing up. He also chats about his heritage – his mother was in Poland during the Nazi reign and his Dad wanted to be a Cop. He discusses his experiences during training and some of the antics he got up to in his early career which includes some exciting foot chases. Lee has a very impressive resume which includes working in Narcotics. in the State’s Attorney Office, as a Gang Specialist and even with the FBI for a short time. He shares some stories from his time with Narcotics including the time he arrested a cop and a CTA Supervisor in connection with the sale of narcotics. He was promoted to Sergeant in ’08 and he tells Houli how he got the nickname, ‘Leebo’. The two guys delve into the seriousness regarding the social unrest downtown last year and the rising number of police suicides. Lee is a big part of the CPD Peer Support Program which helps those on the Force who are struggling with their mental health and difficulties at work  He’s an inspirational guy and goes above and beyond for anyone who needs help. We are honored to have had him join us and share his story this week! Houli then brings us up to date on the latest obituaries and we take a musical break with “The Darling Girl From Clare” sung by Eimear Arkins. Then it’s off to ‘Houli-Town’ for some well-needed comic relief to end another great show!