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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces Keith Tyson as Professional Firefighter of the Year


For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2017
Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater honored the winners of the 2017 Florida Fire Service Awards during a ceremony hosted yesterday evening at the Florida Capitol. Among the winners was Keith Tyson, Vice President of Education Research and Outreach for the Florida Chapter of Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), who was named Florida’s Professional Firefighter of the Year. The annual award ceremony is hosted to honor those in the fire service community who have shown excellence in their profession.
Firefighter Tyson started his career in 1974 with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, working as a Paramedic/Firefighter, and he has since served as an air-rescue flight medic and driver-engineer for FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team during missions to Turkey, Africa and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. After 34 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter, Keith Tyson retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 2008 and was diagnosed with cancer within six months.
In 2009, Keith Tyson formed FCSN’s Florida Chapter, and he continues to serve as FCSN’s Florida State Director. He has delivered FCSN’s cancer-prevention training to thousands of firefighters in Florida and across the United States, and he is FCSN’s liaison to the University of Miami Firefighter Cancer Initiative. Currently, Keith Tyson serves on the FCSN Board of Directors as Vice-President of Education, Research and Outreach.
Through diplomacy, perseverance and determination, Keith Tyson works tirelessly to provide educational support to all Florida firefighters in the fight against the ravages of cancer.
Keith Tyson was nominated for the award by the Florida Professional Firefighters Association.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).