Stephanie,

My name is Hersch Wilson. I’m a writer and Firefighter in Santa Fe. Sadly, we deal with heroin ODs in the course of our vocation. I’ve learned that they, like DWI crashes, like today’s horrific happening in Orlando, are not abstractions to the people involved.

When it’s an abstraction, we will argue about cause, accountability, and reasons.

When it happens to you, or when it’s you that is frantically trying to save a life, all that seems like nonsense.

I am convinced that the big separation in our world is between those who have and are suffering and those that believe they never will.

I’ve stop listening to those who clearly have never been wounded or felt anguish. They know nothing.

Your work is lovely, brave and important. Please keep it up!