Lifeguard in Florida fired after saving drowning man

05 Jul


A young lifeguard in Florida has lost his job after rescuing a drowning man in a section of beach he was not assigned to patrol, local news media reported Wednesday.Tomas Lopez, 21, was manning his post on Hallandale Beach, north of Miami, on Monday afternoon when a beach-goer alerted him to a swimmer struggling in an “unprotected” part of the beach.“It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasn’t going to say no,” said Lopez, quoted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper and WFOR television on their websites.By the time Lopez arrived, witnesses had pulled the drowning man out of the water. Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped him until paramedics arrived. The victim survived and was hospitalized.When Lopez went to file an incident report, he was fired for going 500 meters out of his assigned area.Two other lifeguards have quit in protest“They didn’t tell me in a bad way. It was more like they were ‘sorry, but rules are rules,’” Lopez said. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”“We have liability issues and can’t go out of the protected area,” explained a supervisor for the private contractor that supplies lifeguards for Hallandale Beach, a popular destination for Canadian winter holiday makers.“What he did was his own decision. He knew the company rules and did what he thought he needed to do.”No longer in a job that pays $8.25 6.60 euros an hour, Lopez said he would do what he did again if he had to. “It was the moral thing to do,” he said. “I would never pick a job over my morals.”

via Tomas Lopez, a lifeguard in Florida, fired after saving drowning man | News | National Post.

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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in United States



One response to “Lifeguard in Florida fired after saving drowning man

  1. Grace Patterson

    October 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

    The guy did the right thing and he deserves better than to have a job at an organization that chooses rules seriously over morals. He should’ve been given another chance. Heck, he even deserves an award for what he did because it was the most unselfish and selfless thing to do. I’m sure he’ll be offered or awarded better opportunities because of his good moral principles.


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