A New York father is aiding in the fight against heroin.

Tony Gatz is an assistant chief engineer in a Manhattan office skyscraper. The recovering alcoholic spends nearly every weekend and vacation day helping to save kids from the growing epidemic.

“Somehow, I connect with the kids, I don’t know how, maybe God gave me a gift,” he said.

Gatz reaches out to the community and educates parents on prevention. He explained that money must go into preventing heroin use, saying that for every $1 spent on prevention, you save $12-18 on treatment.

“God’s the reason why I’m alive, and all I’m doing is paying it forward,” he said.

Heroin use has grown 80 percent from 2007-2012.