Hallandale Beach Lifeguard Tomas Lopez Fired for Leaving Assigned Area to Save Swimmer UPDATED

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Update, 2:25 p.m.: Lopez was reportedly offered his job back. He declined, adding what looks to be a conclusion on the biggest life guard PR meltdown we can remember.

Original post, 11 a.m.:
Hallandale Beach lifeguard Tomas Lopez ran 1,500 feet outside of his assigned area to help save a drowning victim on Monday -- the semiconscious man had been pulled from the surf in an area marked "swim at your own risk," and Lopez and an off-duty nurse attended to him until paramedics arrived.

Lopez, because he left his post, was fired by Orlando-based Jeff Ellis and Associates, the private company that's provided Hallandale Beach lifeguard services since 2003, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

"We have liability issues and can't go out of the protected area," supervisor Susan Ellis told the paper. "What he did was his own decision. He knew the company rules and did what he thought he needed to do."

Now, Lopez has made it to CNN, Fox & Friends, ABC News, and others, calling his employer stupid along with everybody else.

"They didn't tell me in a bad way," Lopez said. "It was more like they were sorry, but rules are rules."

As for the company, it looks like it's taken down its Facebook page. It's also not clear how many beaches it's servicing -- its lifeguard training calendar doesn't have a single ocean session scheduled for the year.



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8 comments
Einpoe
Einpoe

The point is, he's taking a stand on principle. He was fired for "competence" by incompetent supervisors. They should be working for Lopez. He made the right choice by refusing their attempt at damage control. The damage was done by his supervisors; let them wallow in it!

Help_Im_Drowning
Help_Im_Drowning

Mayor Cooper has the BALLS to post her re-election website on the OFFICIAL City website. What a cunt.

Decent_American
Decent_American

Oh the joys of outsourcing government responsibilities to private companies. Romney would be so proud.

FLCHAZ
FLCHAZ

I wish Neil Rogers was alive for this one

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

It's usually this type of shit we've come to expect from Deerfield Beach. Congratulations to Mayor Joy Cooper for lowering ...er... raising the incompetence bar.

AMWakeUpCall
AMWakeUpCall

It really doesn't matter what the precise facts are in regards to the firing of the young lifeguard. His firing has resulted in outrage and world-wide horrible publicity for the company and for the city of Hallandale Beach. It was handled as badly as possible, and the company and the city will surely suffer for it. 

Frank Kiraly
Frank Kiraly

LETS GET ACTIVE and TELL HALLANDALE BEACH not to do business with the likes of Jeff Ellis and Associates!  "Like" our Facebook page and then sign the petition at CHANGE.ORG to BOYCOTT HALLANDALE BEACH until they publicly state that they will no longer do business with Jeff Ellis and Associates. http://www.facebook.com/BoycottHallandaleBeachSupportTomasLopez

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