Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 15, 2023

Roberto ‘Junior’ Guerra

Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, Big Corner Tavern, Madden Funds and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour as we return to our First Responders Tour at our new recording location, Big Corner Tavern, and this week we welcome back for his third appearance, honorary Irish man Roberto ‘Junior’ Guerra. Junior spent 27 years with the Burbank Police Department and 1 year at the Cook County Jail before retiring in July 2021. He grew up in South Chicago and credits his experiences growing up and witnessing the wrong-doing to why he joined the Force. He attended Mount Carmel where he played football which he says helped him stay out of trouble. He was working at a factory and studying ‘Criminal Justice’ when he took the test and joined Cook County Jail in ’93. These two pals delve into the recent Mayoral election, their thoughts on the outcome and the uncertainty of what’s to come.. Junior now works as an executive protection agent in the private sector and he takes Houli through some of his regular duties as Director of Operations. He shares many stories from his long and experienced career including the time he wore a microphone to a long meeting with gang bangers only to find out it didn’t record anything! He explains how they arranged another meeting that ended up being a huge success but it wasn’t without it’s mishaps.. You have to hear it to believe it! He also shares the story of witnessing a shooting during school football practice. Junior mentions some of his personal experiences with informants, one guy in particular who helped him with multiple drug deal setups and we’re given some insight into the dangers and the scarier side of being an undercover cop. It’s safe to say nothing scares this legend! Junior has worked in many different departments including Narcotics and SWAT and he talks about how growing up in a bad neighborhood influenced him. He chats about his family with emphasis how his wife supported and stood by him him during those tough work days. He ends another wonderfully insightful interview by encouraging people to come out on June 9th to Stony Creek Golf Course for a golf outing in aid of The Patrick Foundation. Make sure you get out there folks! Houli then brings us up to date on the recent obituaries followed by a quick trip to “Houli-Town”. It’s another great show this week so be sure to have a listen!