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'Doctor of the day' has serious start in capital

Dr. Skip Beeler from Kennedy Space Center revives a lobbyist who was in cardiac arrest.

By LUCY MORGAN, Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 20, 2002


Dr. Skip Beeler from Kennedy Space Center revives a lobbyist who was in cardiac arrest.

TALLAHASSEE -- The Legislature's "doctor of the day" generally has little to do, but Dr. Skip Beeler was trying to save a life even before his day began.

Beeler was visiting the Florida Medical Association about 8:15 a.m. when lobbyist Marvin Arrington slumped over in his Toyota 4Runner and crashed into a wall on his way into a nearby parking lot a block from the Capitol.

Beeler ran over to help.

"He was clinically dead, no pulse or respiration," Beeler said. Bystanders helped Beeler pull Arrington out of his car and he began CPR.

Soon, Arrington was revived and was taken away in an ambulance.

"It's a great feeling to bring somebody back," Beeler said. "I haven't done it very often on the street by myself. And it's very rare for someone to survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest."

Arrington was in a critical care unit at Tallahassee Memorial and had not regained consciousness by late afternoon, said fellow lobbyist and longtime friend Jim Krog. Arrington, 44, is a widely respected lobbyist and the son of former state Rep. C. Fred Arrington of Quincy. "He is an upfront guy that treats everyone well," said Senate Majority Leader Jim King.

Beeler is an emergency medicine specialist at Kennedy Space Center. He's was in town at the invitation of Rep. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne.

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