Jul 05 2012
There’s a happy update on the story of Tomas Lopez, the young lifeguard at Florida’s Hallandale Beach, who made national headlines last week. He saw a man struggling in the water and rushed out to save his life. But he was fired because the swimmer was about 1500 feet outside the beach area that Lopez was hired to protect. His bosses said that he left the beach unattended, and that could’ve resulted in lawsuits. After the story hit the news, it sparked worldwide outrage and six other lifeguards quit in protest. His bosses then decided that he didn’t leave his designated beach area unguarded after all and offered him his job back. But Lopez turned it down. He says he thinks it’s “shady” that they only wanted him back after his firing hit the news. Asked if he’d do it again, he said, “Of course,” and that he wouldn’t obey “such a ridiculous rule.” Besides, he wouldn’t have time to work today anyway. He’s scheduled to meet the man he saved and receive the key to the city of Hallandale Beach from the mayor, in a ceremony honoring him for heroism. He might also take advantage of that time to lobby the mayor on whether the city should renew its contract with that lifeguard company. It expires in September.
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