AED donated in memory of former fire chief

AED donated in memory of former fire chief
By Andy Bader
Mitchell Advocate
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An automated external defibrillator (AED) was donated to Live Well 4 Life in Mitchell last Wednesday, Jan. 24 in memory of former West Perth fire Chief Bill Elliott. On hand for the presentation was West Perth fire Chief Bill Hunter (left), Patrick Armstrong of the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, widow Norma Elliott, daughter Kristi Beuermann and AJ Moses, co-owner of Live Well. ANDY BADER/MITCHELL ADVOCATE

An automated external defibrillator (AED) was donated to Live Well 4 Life in Mitchell last Wednesday, Jan. 24 in memory of former West Perth fire Chief Bill Elliott. On hand for the presentation was West Perth fire Chief Bill Hunter (left), Patrick Armstrong of the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, widow Norma Elliott, daughter Kristi Beuermann and AJ Moses, co-owner of Live Well.

Two lives have been saved in the nine years since the establishment of the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund donated automated external defibrillator (AED)’s to community locations throughout Ontario.

The 84th donation of the potentially life-saving device was made to Live Well 4 Life in Mitchell last Wednesday, Jan. 24, and Norma Elliott, widow of former West Perth fire Chief Bill Elliott, mentioned to Live Well owners AJ and Jennifer Moses after the presentation that she hopes this particular one is never needed.

But at the same time, it’s comforting to know that it’s available if it ever was.

“Thank you for allowing us to donate in the memory of Bill Elliott,” said Patrick Armstrong during the short ceremony. “I never met Bill, but I can you right now the amount of comments we’ve received from our Facebook page has just been absolutely amazing.

“I wish I could have met him but instead we can honour him in this way,” he said.

A plaque in Elliott’s memory accompanied the AED donation and will be erected beside it in the gym’s south wall.

Within the fire community, it’s well-known that fire fighters do more than fight fires, Armstrong continued, referring to the contaminated air they breathe while on duty.

Elliott died in March of 2007, 10-months after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer from breathing asbestos.

Current fire Chief Bill Hunter and approximately six-to-eight past and current members of the West Perth fire department were on hand for the ceremony.

Armstrong, a police officer who’s one-time colleague Dave Mounsey died one month after a collision while responding to a call in Huron County in 2006, has helped create and retain the fund in Mounsey’s memory.

“We’re honoured that we were chosen as a community source to have this in our building which is really important,” said AJ Moses, also thanking OPP officer Brady Siddall, a Mitchell resident and gym member, who recommended that the facility would be a good spot to have such a device made available.

Mounsey was also a volunteer fire fighter with the Blyth Fire Department and was instrumental in raising the funds for a new defibrillator there.

The cost of one AED is $2,000, and Armstrong said their two major fundraisers are a 5-10 km run in Goderich as well as a local Dancing With The Stars-like event in London. A Go Fund Me account can be found on their website www.davemounsey.com

In 2016, an AED was donated as part of the Mounsey fund in St. Marys to former Mitchell firefighter Wilfrid Elliott. A firefighter from 1921-1947, Elliott was rushing to the Mitchell Fire Hall for a call when he was struck by a motor vehicle and died April 27, 1947. Armstrong said a photo has been found by the Elliott family and a new plaque is being prepared.

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