On Thursday October 2nd, a good friend of mine, Sahaj Singh was stabbed nine times confronting an intruder in the garage of his home. The assailant was attempting to gain access to his wife’s vehicle after his wife and two young children had returned home. Sahaj Singh sustained nine knife wounds, including one that punctured his larynx (throat). He was flown to University Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he underwent emergency surgery to repair his neck injury.
Sahaj Singh is a Paramedic with Espanola Valley Emergency Medical Services and an instructor for the Para-Rescue Program of the United States Air Force, and a co-lead instructor with the Paramedic Training Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sahaj Singh is more accustomed to being the one treating people in need, but now is his time to receive the support and love of those around him. It is expected that he will be out of work for 4-6 week.
A bank account has been set up in his honor to offset mounting medical costs. Please send checks, of any amount, to: "Benefit Account for Sahaj S. Khalsa" and send to: PO Box 1741, Santa Cruz, New Mexico 87565 USA…
When this happened It was quite a shock to hear. We had all just come back from Kirtan at someone’s house nearby in honor of Guru Ram Das Ji’s Birthday. Every year a few weeks before the Gurpurb, we have kirtan at different people’s homes every night to celebrate and come together. Sahej’s wife was there with her kids and apparently she drove home just when this person was coming by and was attempting to get her car so that he could flee form the police (after robbing a gas station). Luckily she locked her doors in time and honked the horn really loud to get Sahej’s attention in the house. That would have been a really scary thing to have to go through. She was there in the car with her two small children.
I didn’t hear all the details but apparently after being stabbed/injured multiple times he was able to get the knife from the attacker, stab him back and then hold him down until the police came. He was then rushed by helicopter to another city and was in intensive care. You have to think that in spite of this tragedy that Guruji gave him the strength to overcome this and keep his family safe.
It reminds me of a few weeks ago when Barack Obama was visiting Espanola and giving a speech and someone in the front of the crowd went unconscious or fainted and he was one of the first on the scene to help the person. When this happened Barack stopped his speech and called for someone to come help and then said, "What we are seeing here with the EMT folks; that’s the spirit that makes this country great".
My prayers and love go out to this serviceful friend who is always there to help those who are hurt and in need. Love to you and your family!