In the Line of Fire with Gary Dillon

In the Line of Fire with Gary Dillon

This podcast will share insights into the lives of public safety professionals who play a crucial role in society, often putting their own lives on the line to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities. Throughout the series, I'm sure you'll discover unique stories and motivations from each guest who bring their perspective and experiences to showcase the various reasons why they commit their lives to protecting others. I look forward to hearing these inspiring stories and learning more about the incredible work these individuals do.


May 10, 2024 46 mins

I'm interviewing Dana Schrad, the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. Dana has been in this role for many years. We'll talk about her start in media communications, her work with the Virginia Crime Commission and the good work that she does for Virginia law enforcement.

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Karen Inman from VRSA discusses cyber security, newest trends criminals are using to steal your information, and helpful tips to avoid being a victim of a phishing attack. 

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In this episode, I am interviewing Chief Amanda Behan, Chief of the City of Winchester Police Department. We'll talk about her early interest in policing, her path to chief, and some of the innovative programs she's initiated in Winchester. 

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Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of 21 non-fiction books.  Join me as we discuss some of his books, and some of the behind the scenes details of Presidents, their families, and the FBI.

Ronald Kessler's Books (from newest to oldest)

  1. THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE - Changing the Rules of the Game
  2. THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL - Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents
  4. IN THE ...
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I’m excited to interview my friend Ed Robb for part 2 of the Friend of the Family series. Ed served the FBI for twenty years and was regarded as one of the best undercover agents in the bureau’s history. 

In this episode, we’ll learn more about the Coldwater case and some of it’s mafia players – Jimmy Aquafredda, Santo Trafficante, JoJo Fitapelli, Sonny Black, Left “Two guns” Ruggerio, and more. 

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In this episode, I’m speaking with Melissa Robey, creator of We Back Blue, a national police advocacy organization committed to championing professional, equitable public safety services for all communities.

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February 16, 2024 50 mins

In this episode, I speak with Chief Tim Longo about his career and passion for law enforcement.

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Retired Chief Bobby Mawyer and I continue our discussion about the three suspects developed in Elsie Mae's disappearance, the discovery of skeletal remains in the early 1970's, and an exhumation to extract DNA to test against those remains and other potential items related to Elsie Mae. 

Do you have a tip or a suggestion to help with this investigation? Please send me a message or email: an...

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In this episode, I'm interviewing Albemarle County (VA) Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston. We discuss many topics including his early start in volunteer fire service, his path to chief of a combination career/volunteer system, service as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and what's next for the fire service. 

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In this episode, I’m interviewing retired FBI agent Ed Robb. Ed’s unique career led him to become a pioneer in FBI undercover work and one of the bureau’s best early undercover agents.

In his fascinating career, Ed worked his way up the mob ladder to become known among the criminal underworld as a powerful mob figure in Central Florida.

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In this episode, I'm speaking with Kit Cummings and Adam Blevins about police officer wellness, and the life-changing programs provided by the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP). 

Both guests will share their personal stories of job-related trauma and the importance of our police officers starting to treat themselves like those they are responsible for helping.

For information about VALEAP, please vi...

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In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Chief James Lane, his interest in law enforcement from a young age, rising to the top of his department as chief, and his tragic shooting that nearly took his life. 

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Chief Chris Rinker started his career with the New Market (VA) Police Department rising to the rank of Chief in 2015. Chief Rinker talks about small town policing, his service dog "Benelli", the importance of crisis intervention, and many other interesting topics. 

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November 3, 2023 79 mins

In this episode, we meet Rebecca and Amanda, two female law enforcement officers from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Rebecca recently retired after 33 years on the job and Amanda has been an officer for 3 years. We'll talk about what has changed for women in law enforcement over the past 30+ years, and the challenges women still face.

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In this episode, I interview Jack Ryan - a retired Captain from the Providence, RI Police Department. In the 90's, Jack received his Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Suffolk University Law School. 

Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States. 

He is the Co-Director of the :Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute and has conducte...

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John Clair is the police chief for the Town of Marion, VA. Prior to his service in Marion, he served as police chief for the Town of Quantico, VA. John shares his perspective on working as a small town police chief, with advice for others who seek police chief roles. 

In the Line of Fire with Gary Dillon is sponsored by VRSA, Virginia's largest and most financially sound group self insurance pool, providing auto, prop...

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Part3: A Strange Twist

On May 20, 1957, Elsie Mae Roane disappeared from West Point, Virginia. In her teens, she was last seen in the downtown area and never heard from again. Take a journey with retired police chief Bobby Mawyer as he begins a cold case investigation into Elsie's disappearance. Tips? Email:

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The 3rd episode of The Disappearance of Elise Mae Roane airs Friday, September 22.

In previous episodes, we learned about Elsie Mae, her family, and some potential suspects that Bobby Mawyer identified through his investigation, along with a possible link to the Colonial Parkway murders. In episode 3, we will dig further in the past of those suspects.

Let’s take a peek at some of the future guests coming to In t...

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Part 2: Developing Suspects

On May 20, 1957, Elsie Mae Roane disappeared from West Point, Virginia. In her teens, she was last seen in the downtown area and never heard from again. Take a journey with retired police chief Bobby Mawyer as he begins a cold case investigation into Elsie's disappearance. Tips? Email:

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In this episode, we’ll meet Michael Kochis, Chief of the Charlottesville (VA) Police Department. 

Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, Chief Kochis began his career with the City of Roanoke (VA) Police Department, and then later moving on to the Alexandria (VA) Police Department He graduation from the FBI National Academy in Quantico and accepted his first chief’s job with the Town of Warrenton (VA)  Police Department. 

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