(Jonathon M. Seidl) Don’t let the name fool you: at one beach in Florida, the lifeguards aren’t allowed to save lives if a person is drowning outside a designated area. But when a beachgoer came running to Tommy Lopez on Monday telling him someone was drowning — and that someone was outside his designated area — Lopez did what came naturally and saved the man.
That apparently didn’t matter to his employer. Lopez had violated the rule and was subsequently fired for leaving the section of the beach his company is paid to patrol. The Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Lopez violated policy and could have put beachgoers in his section in jeopardy.