Huntington WV Fire Chief Featured In Powerful Documentary
A Netflix documentary on the opioid crisis featuring West Virginia Fire Chief Jan Rader has been nominated for an Academy Award.
As reported by Firehouse.com, the Netflix documentary about the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia, was amongst the films on the list to run for the prestigious movie award.
Heroin(e), with its 40 minute running length, was among five films in the Best Documentary Short category.
One of the subjects of Heroin(e), Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Department chief and an Ohio University Southern alumni, said she was in a meeting when the announcement became public and her phone “blew up” with congratulatory calls.
Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty.
But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs — one of hope.
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