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Always Think Twice Before Saving Somebody’s Life

Look, it’s always tempting to save somebody’s life. The drama. The praise. The needling sense that it’s the right thing to do. But there are a lot of other factors to consider as well. Just ask 21-year-old Thomas Lopez, a Hallandale Beach lifeguard, who was fired for rescuing a drowning Estonian man last Monday. The man was drowning about 1500 feet outside of Hallandale Beach’s established boundaries, and thus, was just not Mr. Lopez’s problem. A spokesman acknowledged that Lopez may have had good intentions but “the city doesn’t provide lifeguards in front of the condominiums up and down the beach …we are not a fire-rescue operation. We are strictly a lifeguard organization.” Which is just a reminder to all of us to not get carried away when we see a person in a desperate situation for which we have gone through extensive training to assist. Moderation, people …

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