On June 12th, 2016 at 0202 hours I was the off duty Orlando Police Officer working off duty at the Pulse Night Club. I came face to face with pure evil and witnessed one of the most horrific events in life that someone can see. I engaged the suspect in gunfire and ultimately entered the club where we encountered images of death and destruction which will never be forgotten by any survivor or first responder who entered into the club on this tragic night. The next several months and following year would have immense impact not only on myself but also my family. As a first responder we take on the responsibility to protect our community. The images of that night and the emotions which come from such an event alters a person's inner self. A change occurs. I experienced all ranges of emotions from anger to guilt. I struggled as many in our community did to come to terms with the loss of life that we witnessed. I have struggled with and received treatment for Post Traumatic Stress. My family, especially my wife, has been a tremendous support system for me to move forward in my life, understanding the impact of the Pulse Night Club shooting on our lives, and the lives of those in our community.
Adam was tattooed June 3, 208 by artist Jasay Vachier at Ascension Tattoo in Orlando, Florida.