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    lifeguard saves man, gets fired for it.

    CBS/AP) HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A lifeguard who helped save a drowning man outside of his assigned patrol area was fired by his employer.

    CBS Station WFOR reports that Tomas Lopez was fired Monday by Orlando-based Jeff Ellis and Associates because he broke a company rule and could have put beachgoers in his section of Hallandale Beach in jeopardy.

    "We have liability issues and can't go out of the protected area," supervisor Susan Ellis told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "What he did was his own decision. He knew the company rules and did what he thought he needed to do."

    The firing of Lopez has drawn harsh criticism; two other lifeguards have quit in protest.

    On Monday afternoon a beachgoer had rushed to Lopez's stand asking for help. Lopez said he saw a man struggling in the water south of his post and ran to his aid.

    The man had been swimming along an unprotected stretch of beach, Hallandale Beach officials said Tuesday.

    "It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasn't going to say no," said Lopez, 21, of Davie.

    By the time Lopez arrived, several witnesses had pulled the drowning man out of the water. Lopez said the man appeared to be semi-conscious and had water in his lungs.

    Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped the man until the city's paramedics arrived.

    After the rescue, Lopez said his boss asked him to fill out an incident report, and then fired him for leaving his assigned area.

    "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."

    The rescue was performed about 1,500 feet south of the protective boundaries set by Lopez's employer.

    The unprotected area has signs alerting beachgoers to swim at their own risk.

    Other lifeguards watched Lopez's area during the rescue, and were on the phone with 911 operators, the company said. "The beach remained protected at all times," Ellis said.

    Two other lifeguards have quit in protest of Lopez's firing. One of them, Szilard Janko, told the Sun-Sentinel, "What was he supposed to do? Watch a man drown?"

    Lopez became a lifeguard four months ago after passing the company's requirements, which include swimming and physical exams. The job pays $8.25 an hour, the lifeguards said.

    Hallandale Beach began outsourcing its lifeguards in 2003 to save money. The city pays Jeff Ellis and Associates about $334,000 a year to provide four lifeguards and one supervisor at the beach year-round, said city spokesman Peter Dobens.

    The company also provides lifeguard services at the city's pools as part of the contract. Its contract expires this year.

    The man Lopez rushed to save, whose name was not released due to privacy laws, remained hospitalized Tuesday in intensive care, Dobens said.

    life does truly suck.

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    he should be outraged.
    Last edited by Dirtstar; 07-05-2012 at 04:49 PM.

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    Nuke Florida already, good lord.

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    Another self-centered schmuck on the dole in Florida. Maybe he needs a job lifeguard; he obviously can't save himself.


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    "The city pays Jeff Ellis and Associates about $334,000 a year to provide four lifeguards and one supervisor at the beach year-round, said city spokesman Peter Dobens."

    Yet they only pay the life guards $8.25/hr. This govt needs to be purged on all levels.

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    The Lifeguard was offered his job back, but he declined.

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    I get the outrage.

    I don't understand how anyone in their right mind could justify doing this when saving someone's life is the main objective. It's like when you hear cops writing parking tickets to the guy that gets out of his car and saves someone's life.... at the end of the day this sounds like this supervisor is going to get a real swift kick in the pants and probably will be fired himself due to the outrage.

    This is called your internal sense of justice which is a natural law of mankind. Like stealing, killing, etc. And my internal sense of justice is outraged!

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    And after reading the updated article it's as I imagined. The outsourcing company will be replaced at the end of the contract with a new company.

    When will these morons realize that outsourcing is the problem here!

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    Maybe if the doosh that got himself in trouble got Darwined, we would have a lot less of these incidents and lifeguards wouldn't be needed thus saving the beleaguered taxpayer the cost of supporting a pack of ****ing idiots that have no business going in the water? Jus' sayin'.

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    As if the supervisors don't look bad enough for firing him, they try to justify their moronic decision with the old "rules is rules" argument. Did that woman really think the public would buy that? WOW. What a dumbass.

    Now, they're trying to save face and have offered him his job back.

    I used to wonder why so many companies needed to hire PR firms. This is a perfect example of someone who didn't consult a PR expert before opening her trap.


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