PCB Fire Chief Recognized for Mentorship Involvement

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A dedicated musician, Arnold High School Senior Page Parsley is also a model student. His parents and teachers have undoubtedly helped, but a somewhat unlikely role model has played a big role in his success.

Panama City Beach Fire Chief John Daly became Parsley's mentor through the Bay Education Foundation's "Take Stock in Children" program.

"It's given me someone to help me in my life," said Parsley.

They were first introduced 6 years ago when Parsley was in 7th grade. Since then Chief Daly has spent lunch with him more than 150 times.

"It just amazes me that he could actually make the time to just do that every week," Parsley told NewsChannel 7.

When you hear the word mentoring, the first thing that comes to many peoples' minds is somenone that needs help, someone that may be troubled. For Parsley that's not the case. He's a straight "A" student. Still he said without this mentorship, he wouldn't be where he is today.

"Just been a very big influence on my life. He's always here to talk to me. He just helps me just get by from week to week," said Parsley.

"It's really remarkable. I mean it doesn't seem like six years. I think about myself in Page's shoes. I mean I think a mentor would have been a big impact for me," Chief Daley added.

Besides the everlasting bond the two now share, "Take Stock in Children" is also rewarding Parsley for his hard work. The program is covering four years of his college tuition, a $40,000 value. Both Parsley and Daly said the entire experience has been truly life-changing.

"I am incredibly appreciative of it. If it wasn't for this program, I couldn't see how I would be able to afford college honestly," Parsley said.

"The future holds a lot for Page. and I'm excited for him. I'm excited to see how it unfolds, so I'll be watching," said Daly.

Parsley said he plans to attend Gulf Coast State College and then Florida State University Panama City.