Fired Florida lifeguard gets key to city, meets man whose life he saved
Fired Florida lifeguard Tomas Lopez was honored with the key to the city Monday and got a chance to meet the man whose life he saved. Lopez made national news last week when he was fired for leaving his post so he could save a swimmer outside his coverage zone at Hallandale Beach.
"It is a big honor. I don't believe I deserve the key in general. All our guards would have done this," Lopez told the crowd assembled at Hallandale Beach City Hall on Monday, according to CNN affiliate WFOR. "All I did was what I was supposed to do."
The incident occurred July 2 at the beach on Florida's Atlantic coast, north of Miami.
A beachgoer rushed to Lopez's lifeguard station to alert him to a man who was drowning.
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