Paulie Lewis: From Social Work to Law Enforcement and the Fight for Recovery

In this re-released episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with retired police officer Paulie Lewis, who shared his journey, from pursuing a career in social work to joining law enforcement, and the challenges he faced after being shot on duty.

We discussed the importance of mental health diversion programs, Paulie's dedication to fitness, and his passion for supporting and defending the police through his Instagram videos.

We also touched on the role of social media in building confidence and providing support, as well as the value of mentorship in one's life and career.

Finally, we took a lighthearted turn and talked about our love for all things Disney and the importance of cherishing life's moments and staying connected with loved ones.

So, join me as we delve into Paulie's story and explore the world of law enforcement, mental health, and more. Trust me, you won't want to miss this one!

About Paulie Lewis

  • Medical retired after 2 years
  • From New Hampshire

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  • (0:00:00) – The Purpose of Law Enforcement
  • (0:04:45) – Recovering From Injury
  • (0:14:24) – Advocating for Law Enforcement
  • (0:24:48) – Social Media and Law Enforcement
  • (0:34:08) – Disney and Life's Value
  • (0:39:20) – Take Care and Show Love

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Chapter Summaries:

(0:00:00) – The Purpose of Law Enforcement (5 Minutes)

In this episode, we revisit retired police officer Paulie Lewis's story of being shot while on duty and his ongoing fight to recover.

Paulie shares his journey and emphasizes that the physical and mental journey is lifelong, contrary to what Hollywood represents.

We also discuss Paulie's motivation for joining law enforcement, as he sought a purpose in life and believed the field could help him make a significant impact on his community.

(0:04:45) – Recovering From Injury (10 Minutes)

We dive into Paulie's background before joining law enforcement, where he completed six internships in social work, focusing on helping individuals with severe mental illness stay out of the prison system.

Paulie then transitioned into law enforcement, becoming the first in his family to do so. We also discuss the mental health diversion programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and how they aim to provide proper care for those suffering from mental health issues.

Additionally, Paulie opens up about his experience being shot on duty, the nerve damage he suffered, and the uncertainty surrounding his potential return to the field.

(0:14:24) – Advocating for Law Enforcement (10 Minutes)

We explore Paulie's dedication to fitness and how it has been impacted by his injury and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, we discuss Paulie's passion for supporting and defending the police through his Instagram videos, which often address negative comments about law enforcement.

Paulie also highlights the importance of mentorship in his life and career and shares his advice for his younger self, emphasizing the importance of self-confidence and pursuing one's dreams without fear of judgment.

Finally, we discuss Paulie's ultimate goals within law enforcement, including the possibility of pursuing advocacy work or mental health services within the police department'

(0:24:48) – Social Media and Law Enforcement (9 Minutes)

We delve into how social media has helped build confidence and provided support for Paulie in his journey.

He discusses his preconceptions about law enforcement and the importance of not becoming complacent on the job. Paulie and the host share personal experiences in the field, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the profession and the emotional impact of various incidents.

The conversation emphasizes the need for vigilance and preparedness for those entering or already in the field of law enforcement'

(0:34:08) – Disney and Life's Value (5 Minutes)

We lighten the mood and discuss our love for all things Disney, sharing stories and experiences from visits to the theme parks.

Paulie also reflects on the importance of chasing dreams and ambitions, recognizing the fragility of life, and keeping loved ones close.

Finally, we end the conversation with a fun rapid-fire round, where Paulie quickly chooses between two options'

(0:39:20) – Take Care and Show Love (1 Minutes)

We express our condolences for the sudden loss of a close family member and remind listeners of the importance of reaching out to loved ones, as life can be unpredictable.

Remember to cherish the moments with those around you and stay connected to maintain strong relationships'