HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (WPLG) - At least three Florida lifeguards are looking for new jobs, after a drowning man was rescued.
One of the lifeguards, Tomas Lopez, left his designated zone Monday to save the man who was struggling in an area the lifeguard's are not contracted to protect.
He was fired on the spot. At least one other lifeguard was also let go.
They say saving lives, regardless of where it is, is what lifeguards should do.
"I'm not going to put my job over going help someone again. I'm going to do what I felt what's right, and I did," said Lopez.
The lifeguard company also fired Zoard Janko when he told managers he would also leave his designated zone to save a life.
"If I see anyone drowning regardless of where they are, I'm going to save them because I'm a lifeguard. Even as a human I'm going to save someone if I see they need help," Janko said.
One other lifeguard quit in solidarity to his friends.
At least four other lifeguards gave notice.
Lifeguards in Hallandale Beach work for private Orlando-based company Jeff Ellis and Associates
The company policy is to call 911 when someone is drowning outside of guarded zones.
The beach began outsourcing lifeguards in 2003 as a money-saving measure.
The company's contract expires this year.