When we accept a job as an emergency responder we need to be willing to commit ourselves to doing the right thing, even when it’s hard. Even when the policy manual says we should do the wrong thing. Even when our protocols say we should do the wrong thing. Even when our supervisor says we should do the wrong thing.
Florida lifeguard Thomas Lopez was called to help a drowning man just outside the ropes of his designated swim beach. When he responded, he found the man being assisted by other beach-goers. He rendered aid until an ambulance arrived while other lifeguards watched his station.
When he was finished, he was fired on the spot. Apparently, Lopez company is only paid to guard the swim area.
There are some parts of our job that we can’t allow boundaries to be placed around. Preservation of life is one of those duties that isn’t limited by policy, procedures or district boundaries. This isn’t about the legal duty to act. This is about your moral duty to act.
I’d like to know what you think about that.