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On a mission to save lives


December 16, 2014
By Patrick Armstrong

The Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund was created in 2009 to honour OPP Cst. David Mounsey, who died Nov. 13 2006 from injuries received from a collision in October while responding to a call.

David and his partner Brenda ran a marathon to raise money to buy a defibrillator for the local fire department, where David was a volunteer firefighter. He never lived to see that donation.

The mission of the fund is to donate life-saving defibrillators to public access buildings and companies in the name of fallen law enforcement, fire, EMS and military members killed in the line of duty.

“The OPP Association is proud to have supported the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund since its inception and will continue to do so in the future,” says Josh Jutras, OPPA Strategic Communications Coordinator.

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“The donation of a defibrillator to the community in which a fallen first responder served is such a fitting tribute that allows the legacy of a fallen member to continue to stand on guard for their community. There is no question that these donated defibrillators have saved lives.”

This Ontario based charity raises money through its yearly Valentine’s Day Gala (Feb 14, 2015), Run Around The Square 5/10km Run (May 10, 2015, Goderich, Ontario) and Dancing With The Stars of 911 (October 2015, London, Ontario). To date, it has donated 36 defibrillators, 13 in the name of fallen police officers and one in the name of a turnkey (corrections). The fund is an all volunteer organization found at www.davemounsey.com .

The fund celebrated its fifth “Dancing With The Stars of 911” Nov. 8, 2014 by donating a defibrillator in the name of RCMP Cst. Peter Schiemann, killed in the line of duty with three other RCMP brothers in Mayerthorpe, AB, in 2005. WestJet flew Schiemann’s parents to the event where couples from the RCMP, OPP, London Police, Strathroy-Caradoc Police, Fire and EMS danced in front of 450 people and took part in the donation itself. The defibrillator was received by Don Schiemann (Peter’s father) and Roger Ellis, Chaplain of the Sarnia Police Service.

The Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund is expanding in 2015 across Ontario, Four donations are already planned for this year, two in the name of Ontario police officers – Thunder Bay Police Cst. Prevett and an Ottawa constable.

Defibrillators have been donated in the names of the following to date:

  • Cst. David Mounsey (OPP)

  • Cpl. Matthew Dinning (Military Police)

  • Senior Cst. Jame McFadden (OPP)

  • Sgt. Margaret Eve (OPP)

  • Senior Cst. Bruce Crew (OPP)

  • Cst. Al Hack (OPP)

  • D.Cst. Robert Plunkett (York Regional Police)

  • Cst. Andrew Potts (OPP)

  • Cst. Scott Rossiter (Ingersoll Police)

  • Senior Cst. John Atkinson (Windsor Police)

  • Turnkey Kearwood White (Goderich Jail)

  • Cst. Eric Nystedt (OPP)

  • Cst. D. Craig Campbell (OPP)

  • Cst. Vu Pham (OPP)

  • Cst. Peter Schiemann (RCMP)

Visit www.davemounsey.com to donate or for more information.

BIO

Patrick Armstrong is the Executive Director and Founder of the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund. Contact him at pharmstrong@gmail.com for more information.