Known around Barrie as Chase’s dad. I take great pride in this.
It is not about me, its about carrying on Chase’s vision to place (AED) Automated External Defibrillators to all public places for the protection of young and old.
Spent 24 years as a Investigator with Ontario Racing Commission. One day at work I received a call from Chase’s school that he collapsed in gym class and EMS has been called. Entering the Gym on February 09 2006 was my first experience with an AED. Seeing the EMS working on Chase. Hearing one firefighter saying that is a good sign when the AED said no shock required. My life would not be the same from that point on. Chase’s brother Cole came down to the gym and had to explain to 9 year old what they where doing to his brother.
No parent should have to go thorough this. Chase was air lifted to London due to shortage of beds at Sick Kids and Ottawa. Chase was on a respirator for a week. We spent every minute by Chase’s side. We had to make the decision to have the unit turned off on February 15 2006. That is when I started to carry on Chase’s dream.
I have had the privilege of being a life-long friend of the McEachern family and godfather to Chase. I have also had the privilege of working with the McEachern family in their fundraising efforts to support Chase’s dream from the start of their journey.
I retired in 2007 as Senior Marketing Director from The Source (RadioShack) after a 34 year career. I am an active volunteer, a member of the Kinsmen K40 Barrie, a member of Northwest Barrie United Church, and an avid outdoor enthusiast.