DECEMBER 11TH, 2014
On December 11th, 2014 Port Monmouth First Aid Squad lost one of their own. Member Marcus Saginor lost his courageous fight against cancer. Marcus started his career in emergency services in December of 1993 in NY graduating with his EMT certification, Marcus started working as an EMT with King County. Marcus continued on, starting a new job in the financial industry at a company at One World Trade Center, while staying active in the emergency services field. Marcus showed such compassion and dedication being in emergency services helping those in need. On what seemed like the normal work day September 11th, 2001 he was working on the 26th floor, when the towers were struck in that horrific attack on America. Marcus while in the process of evacuating everyone from the 26th floor came across a female who was knocked over with no one assisting her, the fast action of Marcus and his devotion of saving lives picked her up, placed her in front of him and escorted her down the 26 flights of stairs. On the way down they met up with Marcus brother William who also worked in the building on the 25th floor. The three continued on their descent down to the lobby all while Marcus was making sure the female he just helped was with them and getting out safely.
This incident shows the dedication and compassion that Marcus had by putting everyone else’s life before his own, risking his to help others. Marcus joined Port Monmouth First Aid Squad in November 2011. Marcus’s commitment, motivation, and dedication was one true to being a first responder, he spent many hours answering those calls no matter what time of day it was, or what the call was. He always welcomed the new members taking them under his wing, showing them the ropes of the first aid squad and bestowing his knowledge of emergency services on to them. Another example of Marcus’s devotion to the residents of the township and his members came about from Super Storm Sandy, he spent 17 days with his squad members answering the call, preforming rescues and transporting people in need. He opened his home to our squad members when we all needed someone to stay for a quick nap or refresh ourselves. Marcus put in many hours and answered hundreds of calls a year.
When Marcus became ill with this horrible disease he continued to try to be proactive in the first aid squad and the happenings of the township. We would set up virtual video chatting for him to be involved in squad activities, and would be on the phone for many hours still helping with the administrative functions of the squad. When Marcus was diagnosed with cancer it took a major blow to our squad as one of our own, is now sick and how do we help him. In November 2014 Marcus suffered a seizure leaving him unresponsive and not breathing, hospital staff worked diligently to bring him back and subsequently was placed on life support. His condition was not good doctors said his cancer is very aggressive and there is not much more they would be able to do. Later on Marcus came off life support and was functioning on his own. Such a great sign that he would pull threw, having conversations with all of us and even asking questions and providing insight in to the squad happening. In the coming weeks Marcus condition began to deteriate, Marcus was transported to Care One at Holmdel, where he would pass on the evening of December 11th, 2014 peacefully and at ease with his family, friends, and squad members at his side.
Marcus also offered his services to the Middletown Township Volunteer Corps, formed after Hurricane Sandy to supplement the services of emergency responders in times of need during future disasters and serve as a resource for community-based activities and initiatives. Marcus, as an inaugural member of the advisory body, helped develop a strategic plan regarding the organization, structure and mission of the Middletown Volunteer Corps.