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Learn About Chase’s Story

From Barrie, Ontario, Chase McEachern was a typical 12 year old boy who loved school, sports, and team play. Chase McEachern loved hockey. In 2004, 11-year-old Chase was not only a left winger, he also became assistant captain for the Vaughan Kings Minor Pewee AAA, a Greater Toronto Hockey League team.

But, in October, 2005, after being injured while playing a pick-up football game at school, he went to emergency where the doctors happened to discover his heart was beating fast – up to 150 times a minute – even though he was sitting in bed, a condition later diagnosed as an atrial flutter. Chase was airlifted to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto to shock his heart back to normal rhythm. The procedure is called a cardiovert, in which doctors returned his heart rhythm back to normal with a small electric pulse with Chase under a general anesthetic. It was successful and Chase went back to school and continued playing hockey, but this time, under doctors’ orders, wearing a heart monitor. Sometimes, during practice, Chase’s heart would beat up to 320 times a minute.

This is around the time when Chase began his campaign to make AEDs mandatory in hockey arenas and schools everywhere. He wrote a letter to hockey commentator Don Cherry, asking for support of his cause. Sadly, before the campaign even truly began, and before Don Cherry got his letter, Chase collapsed while warming up in gym class to play volleyball. With no AED at the school, EMS and firefighters arrived and did CPR, then rushed Chase to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. Chase was then airlifted to London, while there he was on a respirator for one week. With no change in sight, Chase’s family made the decision to turn of the respirator off on February 15, 2006 at 3:30pm.

One visit to sick kids when Chase had to stay over, Chase’s hockey coach suggested for Chase to come up with a positive solution to his situation. This was when Chase wrote his letter to Don Cherry asking for his assistance to get the word out that AED’s should be in all arenas, schools and public places for the protection of the young and old. Mr. Cherry read Chase’s letter on Coaches Corner and his Grape Vine radio show.

Chase’s father, John McEachern and his new partnership with Rescue 7 is aimed at carrying on Chase’s dream to have AED’s in all public places throughout Canada.

A Memorial Fund for Chase has been setup, which donations AED’s for Not For Profit organizations.  For more information about please contact johncollie@rescue7.net.

Defibrillators Save Lives

A cardiac arrest can happen in the blink of an eye. And without immediate treatment, this usually results in death. However, the odds of survival increase significantly when an Automated External Defibrillator and CPR are used on the victim. The following are recounts of actual situations where an AED did indeed save a life.





December, 2017 - Toronto, ON

70-year-old Jacky Hutchison was shopping with his wife when he had a cardiac arrest at a Canadian Tire store near Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street last week. Hutchison’s heart suddenly stopped beating and he collapsed. A customer nearby immediately started administering CPR while a Canadian Tire employee used the store’s automated external defibrillator (AED), provided by Rescue 7. Hutchison is stable and healthy.

February, 2017 - Barrie, ON

Lloyd Hamel was out shopping for his birthday when he suffered a heart attack. Mary Sever was behind Hamel in line and called for help when he collapsed. Theresa Ross was also shopping and heard the calls for help. She saw that Hamel wasn't breathing. Ross, a nurse at RVH, started CPR, eventually using a Rescue 7 defibrillator to shock him back to life.

September, 2016 - Castlegar, BC

Officers with the Castlegar RCMP were approached by individuals looking for assistance with a male that had collapsed while preparing for the local Farmer’s Market. The officers were advised that the 53-year-old male had just been found unconscious in his RV parked at the Castlegar museum. They moved the male from the RV and placed him on the ground outside and began CPR, while they awaited the arrival of BC Ambulance Services.
The officers were equipped and trained in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and while one officer performed CPR, the second officer set up the AED and attached it to the unconscious man and activated the AED. The officers continued to perform CPR on the man until BCAS paramedics arrived shortly after and took over life saving efforts. The male was transported to the Kelowna hospital, where on Monday Sept 19th it was learned that as of this time he was in stable condition.

March, 2016 - Victoria, BC

A healthy middle-aged female employee of a processing plant arrived at work and began her shift. Within 10 minutes of beginning her work day, she was walking down the hall and collapsed. Her fellow colleagues had all been trained in first aid by Rescue 7, and the facility had installed Rescue 7’s HeartSine SAM500P, with real-time CPR feedback, just a year ago. Training instincts took over, and the well-executed emergency response, with early defibrillation from the AED, is credited for saving her life.

March, 2016 - Ottawa, ON

A healthy 62-year-old male collapsed while working out at a fitness facility. Fortunately, the gym had Rescue 7’s HeartSine SAM350P on hand, and their trained staff, along with an off-duty paramedic, grabbed the AED and began CPR. A shock was delivered prior to the arrival of EMS, who took over with CPR. The patient is now resting in hospital and a full recovery is expected.

March, 2015 – Ottawa, ON

A healthy 62-year-old male collapsed while working out at a fitness facility. Fortunately, the gym had Rescue 7’s HeartSine SAM350P on hand, and their trained staff, along with an off-duty paramedic, grabbed the AED and began CPR. A shock was delivered prior to the arrival of EMS, who took over with CPR. The patient is now resting in hospital and a full recovery is expected.

March, 2015 – Victoria, BC

A healthy middle-aged female employee of a processing plant arrived at work and began her shift. Within 10 minutes of beginning her work day, she was walking down the hall and collapsed. Her fellow colleagues had all been trained in first aid by Rescue 7, and the facility had installed Rescue 7’s HeartSine SAM500P, with real-time CPR feedback, just a year ago. Training instincts took over, and the well-executed emergency response, with early defibrillation from the AED, is credited for saving her life.

February, 2014 – North Bay, ON

A group of staff and members at the North Bay, Ont. YMCA is credited with saving a 69-year-old man who had a cardiac arrest and collapsed after swimming laps in the pool. A lifeguard and paramedic instructor, the aquatic director, a couple of student paramedic and several others staffers pitched in to perform CPR and shock the man using an automated external defibrillator. Paramedics and firefighters took over from the group, arriving shortly after receiving the 911 call. The man was breathing and sitting up in the ambulance by the time it arrived at hospital.

January, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Ayaz Kara was playing squash at Mount Royal University’s recreation centre in Calgary when he suddenly felt dizzy and out of breath. Student Michael Dubnyk was the first to respond to the emergency cardiac arrest, beginning CPR on the 53-year-old. First aid instructor Paul Hunka then raced to the scene to help. As the men continued to compress Kara’s chest, a MRU supervisor grabbed an automated external defibrillator (AED), hooked it up to Kara and shocked him twice. “They’re angels in my eyes, they really are, because they saved me,” he said.

January, 2014- Ottawa, ON

Quick response and an onsite AED are being credited for saving the life of an Ottawa man who went into cardiac arrest while curling in Quebec. A doctor on the ice began CPR while the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 300P defibrillator was retrieved. Two shocks were delivered, keeping the man alive until emergency crews arrived. The man survived and is now recovering at home.

May, 2013 – Quebec

Here’s why every hockey arena in Canada should - and soon will - have defibrillators on premises. A man in Quebec was fortunate not to be another fatality statistic, thanks to an accessible and easy-to-use HeartSine Samaritan PAD 500P defibrillator and the quick reaction of bystanders. Studies have shown that the emergency use of an AED and proper CPR on a cardiac arrest victim can increase the chance of survival by more than 75%

March, 2013 - Newfoundland

An off-duty firefighter in Newfoundland saved a man’s life at a gentlemen’s league hockey game. The 50-year-old player first experienced chest pains and then collapsed in cardiac arrest. The firefighter immediately took charge, sending someone to call 911 and grabbing the nearby automated external defibrillator. Within two minutes, the firefighter administered the first of five shocks to the fallen man’s chest. The use of that AED and CPR keep the man alive before emergency crews arrived 15 minutes later. The man was rushed to hospital for surgery to repair a 90% blockage in one artery. He has made a full recovery.

It’s a fact: Automated External Defibrillators save lives. Do you need an AED for your workplace or home?
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