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Lifeguard fired for rescue

3 years ago July 04, 2012 Jul 4, 2012 Wednesday, July 04 2012 Wednesday, July 04, 2012 6:48:00 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

A lifeguard in Hallandale Beach, Florida was fired for assisting a drowning man because he left a section of beach his company is paid to patrol. Tomas Lopez was on duty when a beach goer asked for his help. Lopez says he ran to a man struggling in the water south of his post. By the time he got there, the man was pulled to shore by witnesses and Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped him until paramedics arrived. The man survived. But Lopez was fired from his company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, which says he broke a company rule and could have put beach goers in his section in jeopardy.

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