Lifeguard fired for helping in beach rescue in Hallandale Beach

As lifeguards are paid and trained to do, Tomas Lopez rushed down the beach to rescue a drowning man — and then got fired for it.

The problem: Lopez stepped out of the beach zone his company is paid to patrol, a supervisor said Tuesday.

I ran out to do the job I was trained to do, said Lopez, 21, of Davie. I didn’t think about it at all.

At least two other lifeguards have quit in protest.

What was he supposed to do? Watch a man drown? asked one, Szilard Janko — via

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