The volunteer firefighter, Medford Lakes’ emergency management director and owner of Jersey Pools and Spas, caught the eye of director Stephen Low when he “borrowed” a rescue team’s helicopter for an urgent mission in Haiti—without exactly getting permission first. He’s one of four rescue workers highlighted in the film, which was funded by Boeing and features the company’s rescue aircraft.
Despite being a business owner and father of four, Heicklen says embarking on rescue trips is never a tough decision. “When I go away for a greater good than what I’m doing here at home, it makes it easy,” he adds.
Now that Rescue is set to premiere at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on June 8—and to play on big screens from St. Louis to Seoul throughout the year—Heicklen is hoping to inspire others as well.
“This really allows the message to be sent out to the public that not only does the military run huge relief missions,” he says, “but that individuals also make a big difference by going out on their own.” Rescue-Film.com
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (June, 2011).
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