Real Life Narcos
Steve Murphy & Javier Pena
Their real-life story inspired the hit Netflix series NARCOS!! Retired DEA Special Agents Steve
Murphy and Javier Pena were at the center of the largest, most complex, multi-national, high
profile investigation of its time. Working with an elite Colombian Task Force, Murphy and Pena
were responsible for the downfall and capture of the world’s first narco-terrorist, the infamous
drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar, following his brutal reign as head of the Medellin Cartel in the
1980s and early 1990s. Because of their efforts, Escobar offered a $300,000 bounty for the
death of each of them. Now, these true American heroes take audiences beyond the history
books as they reveal inside stories from a good-versus-evil battle that seems too wild to be
true, along with lessons learned on teamwork, leadership, and overcoming what some might
see as overwhelming challenges. Javier and Steve use humor and rarely seen visuals to
entertain and enlighten audiences, and their presentation is followed by a Q&A opportunity.
Stay tuned for more speakers...........
May 5, 2021
Living My Best Life, With PTSD
Sgt. Lane Douglas-Hunt
Sgt. Lane Douglas-Hunt is a 12 year member of the Victoria Police Department. She has enjoyed a varied career in Patrol, ERT, Explosives and in the Special Victims Unit. She was recently promoted to Sergeant and is now back in the Patrol Division as a supervisor. She is very passionate about mental health and is currently the Team Leader for the Critical Incident Stress Management Team.
Her own journey with PTSD inspired her to participate in speaking events such as this one as well as running with the 2021 Wounded Warrior Run team in an effort to reduce the stigma related to PTSD.
Outside of policing Sgt. Douglas-Hunt enjoys her hobby farm with her husband Jeff and two dogs as well as her 80 chickens, honeybees and 700 gallon reef tank.
April 1, 2021
A Couple's Journey to Overcoming Adversity
Cpl. MacWilliams and Det/Cst. Lillejord
Cpl. Jordan MacWilliams from the Delta Police Department and Det/Cst. Stephanie Lillejord from the Vancouver Police Department share their story living and overcoming significant personal and professional adversity.
In 2012, Cpl. MacWilliams shot and killed a hostage-taker at the Starlight Casino. After an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office, Cpl. MacWilliams became the first police officer in BC to be charged with murder in the course of his duties as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
Cpl. MacWilliams and Det/Cst. Lillejord will discuss the challenges they faced through that ordeal as well as further events that compounded their stress in the following years. Through a medical crisis, another police shooting and an unexpected loss of a family member, the couple discuss overcoming these ordeals to maintain a healthy, meaningful relationship with each other and their children.
June 3, 2021
Dark Nights of the Soul - When Terror Hits Home
Deputy Chief, A.J. DeAndrea
Deputy Chief, A.J. DeAndrea was in a leadership role in three school shootings that changed the fabric of American society and police response to active shootings around the world.
Deputy Chief DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School on the first sweep of the building and a Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Deputy Chief DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006. Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where a deputy was pinned down by gunfire. The officer was rescued without injury. In 2007 Deputy Chief DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Patrol Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) active shooting.