21-year-old Tomas Lopez who worked as a lifeguard in Hallandale Beach was fired for rescuing a drowning man in unprotected waters. To protest the management’s decission six of his coworkers also resigned from their jobs. “I ran out to do the job I was trained to do. I didn't think about it at all,” Lopez told the Sun-Sentinel.
Lopez had been working for the Orlando-based company Jeff Ellis and Associates which supplies lifeguards to the city of Hallandale Beach. “We have liability issues and can't go out of the protected area. What he did was his own decision. He knew the company rules and did what he thought he needed to do,” the Sun-Sentinel quoted company’s supervisor Susan Ellis as saying.
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