A Lifeguard Tomas Lopez's been fired for saving a drowning man.
Why? He left the section of a south Florida beach his company is paid to patrol.
Lopez was on duty Monday at Hallandale Beach when a beachgoer asked for help. Lopez said he ran to assist a man struggling in the water south of his post.
By the time Lopez arrived, witnesses had pulled the drowning man out of the water. Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped him until paramedics arrived. The victim survived and was hospitalized.
For that, Lopez was fired.
Two other lifeguards have quit in protest.
On their part, his employesr the Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Lopez broke a company rule and could have put beachgoers in his section in jeopardy.