MARTINSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) – Parker Gregg lost his father to carbon monoxide poisoning in 2017 and has been on a mission ever since to make sure no other family has to go through what he has. .
If you’ve seen the name “Parker Gregg” on WTAJ this year, it’s probably because of his ability on the football field. The Central High School Senior helped lead the Dragons to a 14-1 season and the PIAA Class 3A Semifinals. He is also the first player in recorded state history to rack up 1,000 rushing and receiving yards.
Of the accomplishment, Parker said: “It means a lot but I just want to thank my teammates and my coaches. for everything.” He continued, “They made the holes for me. All I had to do was run.
You could say on the pitch that he played like a man on a mission. Off the pitch, he was working on his mission to save lives.
Two months after the death of his father, the idea came to him. Parker explained, “I think I was riding in the car with my mom. It just hit me. Just thinking about it. Looking out the window and I ran with it. What if there was a device that could prevent something like this from happening?
He pitched his idea to his friend, Cayden Wright, while they were in the locker room getting ready for basketball practice.
“I knew Cayden was very strong technologically,” Parker said.
Cayden explained, “I’ve been interested in technology for several years. It started with just using my parents’ computer to draw and type things and just find out how those things work.
Motivated by Parker’s mission, Cayden was able to use his sense of technology to create “Air Alert”. It’s a device that not only detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, but is also capable of shutting down any machinery that produces it. For example: a car battery and its motor.
Cayden demonstrated: “If we increase this sensor to 400 parts per million, you will hear an alarm sound. At that part per million, you’ll start to get a headache from carbon monoxide. But let’s say the level keeps increasing. You will notice that the car turns off. At this part per million, you’d be two hours away from being unconscious.
The device took Parker and Cayden to the national TSA competition in 2018 where they won first place. Now, three years later, “Air Alert” is a patented invention in the United States.
Parker said: “I didn’t really know if it was ever going to happen. But when it happened, I was excited.
Now the next step is to get the device licensed from the manufacturers that make carbon monoxide producing equipment. In this way, “Air Alert” can help save lives and complete Parker’s mission. The CDC estimates that 430 people die each year from accidental exposure to carbon monoxide.
You can only imagine what Parker’s father might think of the boys’ accomplishments. When asked if he would be proud, Parker replied, “I’m sure he would be. Yeah. I’m sure he would.
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