Former fire chief honoured with defibrillator donation - Feb. 8, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Long-time Blyth Fire Chief Paul Josling will be honoured this May by the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, an organization with which he had been intimately involved since its inception until the time of his death.
The Fund will donate a defibrillator in Josling’s name this May as part of its annual Run Around The Square in Goderich, scheduled for Sunday, May 13. It will be the 90th defibrillator placed by the fund since the Fund was created.
Josling passed away early last year after losing his years-long battle with cancer. He spent decades on the Blyth Fire Department and later the Fire Department of North Huron before retiring.
The Run Around the Square is one of the organization’s major events and has included a defibrillator donation for all of its past eight years. Josling’s donation will be the ninth. A home for the defibrillator, however, has yet to be announced.
Patrick Armstrong, co-founder of the Fund, has expressed great admiration for Josling in the past, awarding him with the organization’s Meritorious Service Cross and its Meritorious Service Medal.
When Mounsey was killed in a single-vehicle collision, Armstrong created the fund to continue the former constable and firefighter’s work. He had just run a marathon and raised funds to place a defibrillator in Blyth.
To keep this admirable work going, Armstrong created the Fund and when he needed help, Josling was the first person he approached.
“Patrick came to me, knowing that Dave was a member of the Blyth Fire Department,” Josling said in a 2014 interview after he was awarded by the Fund. “[Dave, Patrick and I] were all friends and we had worked together at many accident scenes.”
Josling would eventually become the first board member for the Fund and would serve as its vice-president until 2013 when he left the Fund in an official capacity, though he continued to volunteer at several events.
Armstrong said it was Josling’s humility and reluctance to take credit for his volunteer efforts that truly showed how dedicated he was to the cause.
“To me, that speaks volumes. It says a lot about a man, to sit back and let others take credit,” Armstrong said in 2014.
For more information on the Fund, visit davemounsey.com or to register for the May 13 run, visit runaroundthesquare.ca.