ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ray A. Morrow
Ray Anthony Morrow was born in Ellwood City, moved to Aliquippa, PA when he was 8 years old. Graduated from Hopewell High School in 1973 and went on to college where he graduated from PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY in State College, PA where he received a B.S. Degree in Law Enforcement & Corrections/ Behavioral Science.
After graduating from Penn State in 1977, Ray was hired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a File Clerk in the FBI’s Identification Division. A year later Ray was hired by the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division assigned to the White House Detail to protect the President of the United States and the First Family.
In August 1980, Ray was hired by Allegheny International as an Executive Protection Specialist, assigned to protect the President of Allegheny International a Fortune 500 Company. During this assignment Ray travelled all over the world protecting Mr. Graemer K. Hilton, President of Allegheny International.
In February 1987, Ray was hired by the FBI as a Special Agent and attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA from February 1987 through May 1987. Ray’s first FBI filed office assignment was Louisville, KY where he was assigned to the division’s Drug Squad.
In May 1989, Ray was selected for an undercover assignment where he served as primary undercover agent in a 2-year police corruption matter while assigned to the Cleveland, OH, FBI field office which resulted in the indictments and arrests, of 30 Cleveland Police Officers of which 29 were convicted.
From 1992 through Ray had assignments in Atlanta, GA, and at FBI headquarters where he was assigned to the FBI Director’s Protective Detail and the Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit. In 1996, Ray was selected as the White-Collar Crimes Squad Supervisor in Tampa, FL.
In 2000, Ray was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Field Office, where he served as Second-in-Command for all FBI Operations in the Minneapolis Field Office which covered (MN, ND, SD) and as Acting Special Agent in Charge from August 2001 to December 2001.
In 2003, Ray was selected as the Section Chief of the Resources Management Division located at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, WV from 2003 to 2005.
In 2005, Ray was selected as the Special Agent in Charge Administrative Division of the New York Field Office.
In 2006, Ray was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office until his retirement in November 2007.
Upon his retirement Ray was hired as the Director of Corporate Security for MTR GAMING, INC., in Chester, WV.
In 2010, Ray was hired by Siemens Corporation in Iselin, NJ and subsequently, Fairfax, VA where he served as a Senior Regulatory and Compliance Investigator until December 2013.
In January 2014, Ray joined the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as the Inspector General and in July 2014 was promoted to his current position of Chief Compliance Officer.
Ray has been married for 41 years to his wife Lynn. They have three children and two granddaughters.
By: Ray A. Morrow with Lindsay Preston
Broken Shield: AN FBI UNDERCOVER AGENT’S PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE, is a remarkable narrative of a young boy’s fascination and admiration of the FBI and how as a young inexperienced agent with no undercover experience became the primary undercover agent in one of the FBI’s largest police corruption undercover investigations. Ray A. Morrow takes you through a series of life events that led to his historic undercover operation and the physical and emotional toll that he and his young family took on.
The code name for the investigation was (SHIRON) which was much more than just another undercover operation and Ray Morrow was certainly not just another undercover agent. The inherent danger and difficulty in identifying and rooting out corrupt officers of the Cleveland Police Department created numerous obstacles to the successful completion of the most important investigation into police corruption in the history of the city. Unlike other investigations of drug or organized crime groups, Ray placed himself in an environment in which the players were all armed, not only with weapons, but also with the information and technology available to any modern police department. He did it with relatively little prior experience, with an undefined understanding of the scope of the corruption and in a city totally unfamiliar to him. He did it with a great sense of duty and pride, but without the slightest concern for personal recognition. And, he did it at a great personal cost.
Ray Morrow’s career as an FBI Undercover Agent is truly an amazing story. It gives you a real glimpse into what it is like to be in a position that the wrong move can result in the undercover agent’s demise. The damage that Ray inflicted against corrupt Police Officers in the Cleveland Police Department is immeasurable. Putting his life on the line day to day for our country is what being an actual hero is all about. After reading his story you will understand why we need "sheepdogs" like Ray to protect us from the wolves that lay in wait.
As the primary Undercover Agent, Ray successfully gathered evidence on corrupt Police Officers who were accepting payments to act as lookouts in order to protect illegal gambling casinos and drug shipments. They did this all while wearing their Police uniforms. The Case resulted in the indictments and arrests of 30 Cleveland Police Officers and 17 other individuals.
Ray’s story as an Undercover Agent is legendary. His experiences while an Undercover Agent are valuable training tools for all new Agents at the FBI Academy. This story depicts Ray and his many accomplishments as both an Undercover Agent and his eventual rise through the executive ranks of the FBI to eventually becoming the Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh, PA FBI Office his hometown.
In the SHIRON investigation Ray’s efforts resulted in bringing this highly sensitive and complex operation to a substantially successful completion. It is heroic stuff and it could not have been undertaken by any other agency other than the FBI, nor better accomplished by anyone other than Ray.
Ray Morrow commanded an illustrious career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a chronology of service that ranged from duties as a street level Special Agent to executive administration as Special Agent-In-Charge of the Pittsburg Field Office. Ray’s journey was particularly lionized in Bureau lore as documented in his work as an undercover operative in a notorious urban police corruption investigation. Ray’s “book speaks volumes to the potentially lethal consequences of his undercover experiences, the success of which have served as a Quantico based teaching prototype for subsequent undercover/sting operations.
Retired FBI Agent, Author, and Podcaster
"Readers who love true crime books will be captivated by this intimate tale penned by the FBI agent who
actually lived it. Ray Morrow shares stories about the inner workings of an FBI undercover operation,
not just the policies and procedures, but the pain and the sacrifices made by those who step out of their
real selves to go undercover for the FBI. His co-workers and his Bureau bosses saw Ray as a hero risking
his life to fight police corruption in Cleveland, Ohio. But Ray’s family didn’t know what to think. All they
knew was he was never around.
In this book, Ray Morrow reveals the ramifications and complications working undercover brought to his
personal life. More importantly, he uses these pages to acknowledge and explain to his readers the raw
and transparent truth, for a short period he forgot how important his family was to him and,
consequently, almost lost them when they needed each other the most. This book is a brutally honest
look at the personal costs of an investigation not often depicted in other true crime books and movies.
I’ve interviewed more than 150 FBI agents about their cases and careers. Few have an FBI story that can
compare to Ray Morrow’s."
DAVID A. GENTILE
President & Chief Executive Officer at Protocol Security Partners LLC
"Ray Morrow commanded an illustrious career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a chronology of service that ranged from duties as a street level Special Agent to executive administration as Special Agent-In-Charge of the Pittsburgh divisional field office. Ray’s journey was particularly lionized in Bureau lore as documented in his work as an undercover operative in a notorious urban police corruption investigation. “Broken Shield” speaks volumes to the potentially lethal consequences of his undercover experiences, the success of which have served as a Quantico based teaching prototype for subsequent undercover/sting operations."
JOAQUIN “JACK” GARCIA
Retired FBI and author of the NY Times Bestseller, Making Jack Falcone, An Undercover FBI Agent takes down a Mafia Family.
"As the primary Undercover Agent, Ray successfully gathered evidence on corrupt Police Officers who were accepting payments to act as lookouts in order to protect illegal gambling casinos. They did this all while wearing their Police uniforms. The Case resulted in the indictment and conviction of 30 Cleveland Police Officers and 17 other individuals."
"Ray’s story as an Undercover Agent is legendary. His experiences while an Undercover Agent are valuable training tools for all new Agents at the FBI Academy. I have the utmost respect for Ray and his many accomplishments as both an Undercover Agent and his eventual rise in becoming the Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh FBI Office."
Author & Former Special Agent
"Ray Morrow’s debut novel is fascinating, gritty, and honest. Morrow lets you walk alongside him, not only for this incredible Undercover Role but also through his earlier life as he pursues and finally realizes his dream of being in the FBI. His quiet demeanor belies the perseverance, integrity, and sacrifices he personally made in order to bring this infamous case to fruition. Broken Shield is a page-turner that pulls you in immediately as you get to know the family man, the G-man, and the honorable man, Ray Morrow."
Retired FBI Agent
"It is heroic stuff and remains my sincere
belief that it could not have been undertaken by any other agency other than the
FBI, nor better accomplished by anyone other than Ray."
"Unlike other investigations of drug or organized crime
groups, Ray placed himself in an environment in which the players were all armed,
not only with weapons, but also with the information and technology available to
any modern police department."
Retired Former FBI Squad Supervisor
"In this day of many unfair criticisms of the FBI as a result of our current political turmoil, I think
this book reflects the best of the FBI in its selfless dedication to the rule of law, and truly
exemplifies the FBI motto of “Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity.”
"I think this book by Ray regarding his participation in this investigation and his role in it is
extremely interesting and newsworthy. Hundreds of details and actions were required to
successfully pull off such an undercover case. A case of this complexity and sensitivity was a
daily challenge and hardly a day passed without the appearance of a new issue. This book also
reflects, the details of the investigation, what Ray was dealing with on a personal and family
Emmy Award winning Actor and Producer
"Broken Shield is an incredibly fascinating undercover FBI story that absolutely captivated me and had me flying through the pages. Ray takes us through his humble beginnings and shows us that anything we want to do in life, we can accomplish. It's truly an inspirational book that I now keep next to my bed as one of all time favorites. When Ray embarks on his undercover FBI operation, I was truly riveted, and couldn't believe that he put his life on the line in so many scary situations. I loved the book and highly recommend that you read it."
"Broken Shield by Ray Morrow is a powerful story of a young boy obsessed with the FBI, through his adult life as an undercover agent for the FBI, a must read for true crime lovers. This book walks us through his training and assignments until he ends up being assigned as the primary undercover agent of one of the FBI’s largest corruption investigations. I was pulled into SHIRON as if I were part of the investigation. Ray’s details made me feel as if I knew each subject he was talking about. I could see every bar, his t-shirt business and casino like I was there. I was in awe of the training which prepared him for the deep dive into taking on another persona and disconnecting with his self. His ability to think on the fly and to be cool in such tense situations had me on the edge of my seat so many times. Once you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down."
"How do you define perspective? It is from the author's point of view as a young child enthralled with the TV series FBI, as the life of an undercover agent and as a Special Agent in charge of his hometown field office. Author Ray Morrow's story Broken Shield is one of passion, preparation and perseverance. Only the strong can survive after sinking so deep!"
TIMOTHY V. PERKINS
Bucks County, PA Detective
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I could not wait to get to the next chapter. I can’t wait to talk to you about it in person."
"I was in awe about your undercover experience and how you navigated and maintained a balance between work and your personal life. Not many people would have survived that scenario. Only the strong survive and you and your wife displayed that."
"I’m proud to call you a colleague and friend. Great job on the book!"
ROBERT E. BULFORD
Asst. U.S. Attorney Northern District of Ohio
"Looking back and reading your book I again realized how lucky I was to get to work with you and that team. I do not believe I ever again got to work for such a prolonged and intense time with a group that talented and dedicated. That was quite an investigation and series of cases. Your efforts and what you sacrificed for that were and are stunning. I have over the years been involved in some interesting and important cases but nothing like that. That was some mammoth effort by all but particularly by you . Thank you for writing your story I am very lucky to have been a small part of that investigation and the resulting cases."
"Young agents and prosecutors should read your book. All need to know just how difficult it is to do what you did".