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Fire Department honors cardiologist Floyd Short
Island resident and retired cardiologist Dr. Floyd Short was honored by the Mercer Island Fire Department in a ceremony Friday recognizing Short's many years of dedication to improving medical training for firefighters.
In the early 1970s, Short initiated the first firefighter EMT defibrillation program in the world -- here on the Island. Since that time, he has provided training to Island firefighters in the use of automatic defibrillation and interpreting heart rhythms. Short has provided his services at no cost to the city.
Short, 72, was honored in April with the Medic One 2005 Lifesaver Hall of Fame Award. He retired from private practice in 1997 but has continued to provide training on the Island. Although he attempted to retire several times in the past, he has continued to provide his services as needed. Friday's recognition was the official Island retirement for Short. In addition to honoring Short, the new King County defibrillation director, Dr. Tom Rea, spoke at the ceremony concerning county firefighting goals for the future.