Fired lifeguard Tomas Lopez will be offered old job back

2:53 PM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
Tomas Lopez was fired after leaving his post to help rescue a swimmer outside his zone.
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Florida (AP) - 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.

Lopez was fired shortly after on grounds he'd broken a company rule by leaving his section of the beach.

Ellis said Thursday Lopez should never have been fired. But Lopez says he's not interested in taking the job back.

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