Here is a little history about our staff

James Sache

Owner, James Sache spent most of his life as a First Responder. Growing up in North Carolina, James spent his teen years responding to fires and emergencies as a volunteer firefighter.

He has received extensive training and experience in FEMA, Red Cross, disaster rescue and relief, incident command systems, volunteer training and leadership, logistics, mitigation, disaster recovery, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services.

James moved to Florida, where he continued his work in as a volunteer firefighter. In 1999, he sustained a traumatic spinal injury while working construction on an elevator shaft. After the accident, James knew that he wasn't going to be able to respond and volunteer like he had been.

And then, "one year after my accident, I woke up one morning with memories of a dream. I dreamt that I could still help people, just in a different way. That's how the Patriot Emergency Response Team, Inc. (P.E.R.T.,Inc.) began. 12 years ago. I built this foundation based on a vision of helping people, and second chances - just like I was given a second chance at life."

Iris Sache

"I was never a First Responder until I met my husband James. When James became disabled, he felt incomplete. A large part of his life had been given to others as a First Responder. When James told me about his dream, I agreed that starting a foundation was an excellent idea. I began to attend classes with James. We responded to disasters, and helped people in need. There were so many people who lost everything, and needed help. I couldn't turn away. I had to help too. I found it was extremely rewarding. Then, I was diagnosed with double hit non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, an extremely rare, aggressive form of cancer. Our PERT family helped me to fight this cancer, giving me a second chance at life."

Lee White

Instructor/CAD IT, Co-owner of Patriot Emergency Response Team, Inc. and Owner of Beacon CAD Systems, LLC. Lee retired from the US Coast Guard, and has retained positions as an Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief, at NFTCA Inc. Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the military industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Intelligence Analysis, Government, Crisis Communications, and Law Enforcement. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Hazmat Specialists focused in Hazmat and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Certified in National Firefighter Training and Carding Association, and Advanced Locksmith. Lee spoke with James, and saw the vision and global potential of activating citizens to help each other. Lee also realized that in order to maintain order and accountability, Patriot Emergency Response Team, Inc. Responders needed a Computer Aided Dispatch system that could track responder movements (in case someone was swept overboard during a rescue, or found a missing person in a Search and Rescue/Recovery. Using Beacon's proprietary hardware and software, it's possible for multiple agencies to work together or independently, and if a disaster worsens, all agencies can be connected to the same information at the click of a button. Lee is passionate about following Incident Command System based on his training with the US Coast Guard, and has been able to lead successful searches, trainings, and demonstrations to Lieutenant Governors (Louisiana), US Army National Guard, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA stresses redundancy in infrastructure operations, and Beacon CAD Services' CAD helped save hundreds of people trapped on roofs in New Bern and Lumberton, NC during Hurricane Florence, and saved people trapped in homes where their roofs collapsed. The CAD is also a powerful tool for Emergency Managers, who are able to track calls and jobs, and evaluate the importance of Beacon CAD Service's CAD and PERT's dispatching services.

Interim CEO

Tim Kelly

National Operations Section Chief