07-05-2012, 06:51 PM #1
South Florida lifeguard fired for saving a drowning man outside his zone
The Associated Press
HALLANDALE BEACH —
A South Florida lifeguard who rushed to save a drowning man has been fired for leaving the section of the beach his company is paid to patrol........
Other lifeguards watched Lopez's area during the rescue and were on the phone with 911 operators, the company said............
The man Lopez rushed to save, whose name was not released due to privacy laws, remained hospitalized Tuesday in intensive care, Dobens said.
Two other lifeguards have quit in protest of Lopez's firing. One of them, Szilard Janko, told the newspaper, "What was he supposed to do? Watch a man drown?"
More at link.....
07-06-2012, 05:59 PM #2
Fired Hallandale Beach lifeguard says ‘no thanks’ to job offer
Tomas Lopez, the Hallandale Beach lifeguard who was fired this week after he rescued a man outside of his coverage zone, was offered back his job Thursday, but “humbly declined,” Lopez told The Miami Herald.
“The company offered a real good apology,” Lopez said.
Lopez, 21, said he will take a break from lifeguarding and focus on his studies at Broward College.............