Defibrillator campaign outfits one PD; six more to go

From: The Outer Banks Voice

This past June, while researching an article on the Moongate subdivision, I interviewed one of SAGA Construction’s principal partners, Sumit Gupta.

After we were finished discussing Moongate, Gupta asked me to stay longer to discuss another issue he had spent a lot of time thinking about.

He said SAGA, headquartered on the Outer Banks, wanted to do more for the community, especially the Kill Devil Hills police and fire departments.

In May, one of SAGA’s supervisors collapsed on a job site.

As fate would have it, Kill Devil Hills Police Capt. Mark Evans had just left the Jolly Roger after eating breakfast. When he heard the radio dispatch, he realized he was just moments away from the scene.

Evans, who began working in public safety as a volunteer firefighter at age 15 and trained as a medical technician by the time he turned 18, had the only portable defibrillator deployed in a police car along the entire Outer Banks.

He was much closer to the scene than EMS or fire crews and he was able to revive the victim after administering three “charges” to the distressed SAGA employee.

When Gupta foud out that defibrillators are not deployed in all KDH police cars, he decided to do something about it.

SAGA has created the SAGA Community Fund, a 501(c)3 charity to help the community fill just such needs.

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