Florida lifeguard fired for saving out-of-bounds swimmer


Thomas Lopez, a lifeguard at Florida’s Hallandale Beach, was fired Monday for leaving his official work zone in order save the life of a drowning swimmer. Apparently two other lifeguards have been fired for backing him, and four others have quit.

“I ran out to do the job I was trained to do,” Lopez, 21, of Davie, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I didn’t think about it at all.”

I say give the man a medal, and give his boss the boot.

(Update – Actually they did end up giving him a kind of medal)


Read for instance NY Daily News and International Business Times

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