HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- The Florida lifeguard who was fired after leaving his post to help rescue a swimmer outside his zone will be offered his job back.
Jeff Ellis, head of a company that provides lifeguards at Hallandale Beach, tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tomas Lopez was fired too quickly.
Ellis says no area of the beach his company patrols was left unattended while Lopez went to assist a swimmer in distress. Witnesses pulled the man out of the water and Lopez and an off-duty nurse tended to him until paramedics arrived.
Lopez was fired shortly after on grounds he'd broken a company rule by leaving his section of the beach.
But Thursday Ellis said Lopez should never have been fired and would be getting an offer to go back to work.