Joe Engle is a person in long term recovery, a father to four sons (three of whom are living). Joe has been a member of Local Union 357 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 17 years and has worked with local contractor, S.A.F.E Electronics, for 16 years as a senior technician. Joe’s current job site is the Wynn Las Vegas.
After the loss of Joe’s oldest son, Reese, in 2011 to a heroin overdose, it became apparent to him that he wanted to help other families that are suffering from the tragedies that accompany addiction. This led him to start the Las Vegas chapter of There is No Hero in Heroin. Starting with a community yard sale and resource tables at local farmer's markets, Joe would speak to anyone and everyone about heroin addiction. So much that in 2016, he received a call from the White House. USDA Secretary Vilsack was in town for Governor Sandoval’s Opioid/Rx Summit and wanted to meet with him to discuss this epidemic.
Joe rallied CCSD, Nevada State Dept. of Adult Mental Health and City of Las Vegas to open the first-in-the nation all public recovery high school. This combination of public resources has never been tried before and is starting to gain momentum. Joe also has spearheaded the Rebel Recovery Community (a collegiate recovery program at UNLV), again combining local resources already in place that have a similar goal. This program aspires to offer residence halls that are sober-friendly, a career program and a meeting place in the Student Wellness Center.
There is No Hero in Heroin has been instrumental in the passing of SB 459, provided over $25,000 in sober living scholarships (from fundraising efforts), coordinated Narcan/naloxone trainings in conjunction with City of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and started the Alternative Peer Group at Mission High.
Joe is married to Heather Engle and together they live very fulfilling lives with their combined children/siblings/recovery community. Joe is a resident of Spanish Oaks and is involved with the tennis committee for a hobby.