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.
John was a Toronto Firefighter for twenty years and served in various capacities. Assigned to a heavy rescue vehicle for fifteen years, he responded to high angle rescues, hazardous material spills, confined space search and rescues and auto extrication. John left TFS in 2007 to become the President of Rescue 7 Inc. He has traveled extensively implementing emergency procedure programs to various organizations in Mongolia, China, Europe and the Caribbean. He was featured on the Dragon’s Den (Season 3 Episode 11) and facilitated the rise of Rescue 7 to the top 500 fastest growing companies in Canada for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
John played varsity football at Acadia University, coached youth baseball and currently sits on the Markham Sports Hall of Fame Committee, CSA’s National First Aid Task Force Board and the York Employer Leadership Council. John and his wife Maureen have four children and live in Markham, Ont.
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.