US Lifeguard gets fired for saving man's life

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  1. Starscream600

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    Life Guard Loses His Job After Saving Drowning Man funny news - letssmiletoday.com

    So he does what he's supposed to do, and gets fired for it. Wtf.
     
  2. Doug

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    I heard they offered his job back to him. Instead he decided to concentrate on his classes in college.
     
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    This actually doesn't surprise me compared to all the other similar stories of people doing what they need to do then get layed off (and if I'm not mistaken, that even happened to one of us here on the boards).
     
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    The lifeguard did the right thing, and I'm glad he's not going back to that place.
     
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    This sounds a little like The Incredibles minus the suicide attempt. I am glad that this man did the right thing even though he wasn't supposed to and I think it's stupid that he gets fired for the same reason that he's a lifeguard.
     
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    The issue was that he left his assigned area, jeopardizing the safety of the people he was supposed to be watching to save someone who was essentially someone else's responsibility.

    Morally, he completely did the right thing, but if his workplace has a zero-tolerance policy on that kind of thing, their hands are tied, probably for liability reasons. That's why he says they seemed sorry in the article.

    So yeah, it's shitty, but understandable from a legal standpoint, and also understandable for them to offer him his job back.
     
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    This is one of the dumbest things I've heard.

    Next time when someone comes up to a lifeguard and asks them to save a drowning person, they can just stand there, because it's not 'his' problem....
     
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    So, if that's the case, what happened to the 'other guy'? If that area was someone else's responsibility why does the article only mention Mr. Lopez getting the sack?

    In fact, the article mentions it was an "unprotected part of the beach", now does that mean 'unpatrolled' or 'not requiring presence of a lifeguard?'

    Last time I was at a beach with any Surf Life Savers, they basically had a couple of them overseeing the area. There was a designated area for the public that was safe, Swim between the Flags, and the rest of the time as far as I could tell they watched for anyone dumb enough to venture outside that zone....which on that occasion was me :p 

    I mean I'm not going to say this wouldn't happen in Australia, because I have an ugly feeling it could, but I have a hard time imagining it.

    God this takes me back to that thread we had about some Fire Officers who let a man's house burnt down because he hadn't paid his levy to be included in the fire service area or something. It just seems like lunacy to me, living in the country that I do, that ether that or this would be allowed to occur.
     
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    100% agree.
     
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    "unprotected" probably means "unpatrolled" (most of these places and beaches have a specific area where protected swimming occurs), so yeah, there probably wasn't another lifeguard to punish, so I guess disregard my earlier statement about being someone else's responsibility (unless you want to substitute the swimmer in trouble being responsible for himself, I guess, but that's not really the same thing).


    If it seems crazy to you, just remember: Florida. =P
     
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    Had he not saved him we would have been sued by the guys family.

    Damned if you do, Damned if you don't.
     
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    He's better off concentrating on his classes than working for a jerk like that who fired him.
     
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    He might have been sued but the case would probably get thrown out
     
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    LInk to a better story on this incident : Lifeguard Fired for Saving Drowning Man : People.com

    He did not leave his area unprotected he wasn't the only lifeguard on duty.

    This kind of stuff is why i feel lifeguard work should never be farmed out to a private contractor and should be run by the city or state as then the lifeguards can do their jobs with out having to worry about company polices designed to protect the bottom line as much as saving lives.
     
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    If I was the family of the guy he saved I would try to find him a job or employ him myself hell with protical he saved a life and is a hero
     
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    Exactly. I would probably do the exact same thing if I were in his situation.
     
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    All I can say is that he did the right thing. Life comes before Job
     
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    The guy did the right thing and in the end that still matters.

    Stoopid Florida.
     
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    So a Lifeguard was fired for Guarding someons Life from Death?

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