University of Vermont

Helping Police Officers Aid Victims Faster

Casey Husband with Provost Rosowsky
Casey Husband with Provost Rosowsky

Casey Husband ’20, a born and raised Vermonter, was looking for ideas for his high school senior project when the San Bernardino, California shooting happened. Not only did that shooting impact the country, but it gave Husband a new outlook on the direction for his project. He decided to focus on equipment he could design for law enforcement for active shooting situations. Husband is a CEMS mechanical engineering major.
From those conversations with police departments and preliminary research, he created the Emergency Defense Gear & Equipment (EDGE) Backpack that attaches to a standard bullet proof vest to provide law enforcement with easily accessible medical equipment, ammunition and other items that may be needed in active shooting scenarios. Eight to nine months of research and development followed those initial phone calls. Husband then sent the backpack to police departments across the country, the design was critiqued, sent back to Vermont and edited accordingly until it was perfected.
The EDGE Backpack is housed under Husband’s company, Lazarus Design. EDGE and Lazarus Design has opened many doors for Husband in his first few months of being a student at UVM. “My business has introduced me to so many faculty members, fellow student entrepreneurs and other campus groups,” he said. Husband has met with various advisors within CEMS, Erik Monsen of the Grossman School of Business, Provost David Rosowsky, Vice President for Research Richard Galbraith, as well as members of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) at UVM’s co-working space.