GO DEEPER

More than 20 military veterans and first responders commit suicide every day in America due to effects stemming from mental health issues. The LifeAid Project: Saving Our Heroes is a one-hour television special that asks the question, are we doing enough to prevent this and save our heroes? 

Featuring first-hand accounts from 9/11 first responders, state troopers and military veterans and their families, we set out to discover how new therapies and technologies are being used to treat the health of the brain, reduce mental health symptoms, and prevent suicide.

In addition, to the television show, our team created a series of short films and PSA’s as companion pieces. The project was created as part of our Projects That Matter Initiative and directed by our own Justin Jarrett and Produced by Rick Angeli as part of a new campaign for the organization, LifeAid. The project, which wasn’t completely wrapped filming before the country went into mandatory lockdown due to the COVID19 virus continued production through online collaboration tools.

HUMBERTO'S STORY

FORMER NORTH CAROLINA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

When former North Carolina State Highway Patrolman, Humberto, was in a tragic accident that left him with a severe traumatic brain injury his wife, Kay, was forced to search for answers.

After trying a series of ineffective treatments, she begins to look for alternatives modalities that have shown promising results.

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Paco's Story

RETIRED 82ND AIRBORNE PARATROOPER

After losing numerous close friends while on tour overseas, retired Airborne Paratrooper, Paco, has struggled with PTSD and depression which has led to thoughts of suicide.

After struggling with the way medications made him feel, Paco seeks alternative methods of treatment such as Yoga and Hyberbaric treatment in order to find peace.

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SEBBY'S Story


RETIRED FDNY FIREFIGHTER

In addition to PTSD and other health issues, many 9/11 first responders continue to lose their lives to toxic exposure stemming from their heroic efforts 19 years ago.

Retired FDNY Firefighter, Sebby, is hoping to shine a light on new treatments that may not only save himself, but his brothers that continue to struggle every single day.

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John's Story

LIFEAID, FOUNDER

John Wordin is the founder of Life Aid and he has made it his mission to stop the cycle of suicide through cutting-edge science and technology.

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José's Story


RETIRED NAVY VETERAN

When a former Navy Veteran loses his leg in the line of duty he is forced to cope with suicidal thoughts stemming from a severe case of PTSD while trying to raise a family.

Just when he thinks all hope is lost, he is provided access to new technologies and is able to see his brain injury and formulate a plan to heal for the first time.

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Faith

The LifeAid Project: Saving Our Heroes

Sometimes, a little faith can go a long way.

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BEHIND THE SCENES


CREDITS

PRODUCED BY:
Al Roker Entertainment

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Al Roker

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION:
Tracie Brennan

DIRECTOR:
Justin Jarrett

PRODUCER:
Rick Angeli

JTWO FILMS:

WRITER & DIRECTOR:
Justin Jarrett

PRODUCER:
Travis Capacete

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Chris Harley

CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Jay Miller

LOCATION SOUND:
Steven Layton

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:
Conor Hare

EDITORS:
Maria Cantu
Ian Schobel
Steven Layton

COLOR GRADE:
Dave Bauer

AL ROKER ENTERTAINMENT:

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER:
Ricky Day

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT:
Caren Franklin

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR:
Simone Moore

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT:
Asha Smith

EMME SOLUTIONS, LLC:
Erica Rubach
Maria Paone
Krissy McNeil

LIBRARY MUSIC:
Jingle Punks

SPECIAL THANKS:
John Wordin
The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy
Village of Scarsdale Fire Department
Guiding Wellness
Infuse Life
Dept. of Radiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Photographer Mark Roddenberry
North Carolina Hyperbarics and Wound Care
Park MGM, Las Vegas