Captain Daniel Thomas Dwyer was suspended for four days without pay because he did not follow protocol. He entered by himself without waiting for backup.
A firefighter's job description includes rescuing people from burning homes and quelling the flames. Now, one firefighter from Atlanta is facing suspension for doing just that. Captain Daniel Thomas Dwyer's attempt to rescue a woman from a burning building resulted in him being suspended, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. While it is his job to save and rescue people, there is a certain protocol to be followed which Captain Dwyer did not.
FIREFIGHTER SUSPENDED: Captain Daniel Thomas Dwyer made a "split-second" decision to go into a burning home to save a 95-year-old woman. His commander says he was suspended because he carried out his mission in an unsafe manner. https://t.co/VWqfUa7g24— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) February 11, 2020
Dwyer's commander claims he carried out his mission in a manner that can only be deemed as unsafe. They say he needed to wait for additional firefighters to show up before starting his search for 95-year-old Sallie Skrine by himself. The incident took place last June. Sadly, Skrine succumbed to her injuries. According to 11 Alive, officials believe it was hard for them to get to her on time because of the "burglar bars" she'd installed. Dwyer somehow managed to get in, pulled her out of the front door and onto the porch before the other firefighters joined Dwyer to help carry her out of the house.
Wow what an awesome guy!! Instinct kicked in and now punished. Should be celebrated then maybe talk with him about his own safety but crazy and wrong suspended!— KJ (@Jbj1Kim) February 11, 2020
Skrine's niece described her as a matriarch of her family and a pillar of the community. Skrine was someone who prepared meals with a full heart for neighbors and was involved in her church. She was affectionately known as Ms. Sally. "Every time she talked about helping people she would be very, very, passionate about it," she said.
Gee I thought that’s what a fireman’s job was to do was save lives. If he thought it was safe for him or the risk was less for him then what would happen to the lady he has every right to do it.Leave him alone. He needs a metal not discipline.— Barbara Jameson (@Barbara57496560) February 11, 2020
A "notice of final adverse action" complaint was prepared last week on Monday. Dwyer will be suspended without pay for four days and will return to work on Feb. 19. Dwyer's split-second decision to enter the home alone on June 27, 2019, was a breach of protocol.
Sooooo just let her body burn to a crisp? At least because of him the family can have a proper burial for their loved one.— Monica Blewitt (@diyobsessedmom) February 11, 2020
"You entered the structure without your crew members which are in immediate conflict with no freelancing, accountability, and maintaining crew integrity," the document states. The suspension was signed by Atlanta Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter. Dwyer is currently appealing the decision. In a statement, Slaughter said: "The disciplinary process for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is designed to encourage safety and order."
I understand he put his OWN life in danger by not following protocol but he did what he signed up for to save lives or at least try in this case. He did what he felt was necessary and as a Captain he should have ability to make those decisions. He’s a hero in my book!— Kristen (@KristenPogo1) February 11, 2020
"It also seeks to establish clear expectations in both emergency and non-emergency situations. At this time it would be inappropriate to publicly discuss individual disciplinary cases that have not been totally resolved. The City of Atlanta has a process in place where each employee is afforded the opportunity to appeal proposed adverse disciplinary actions with the Civil Service Review Board."
Wow. That's ridiculous for them to suspend someone for saving a life. Commander needs to be suspend and re-evaluate for being a moron— The World Is BFM (@BillMurrayBFM) February 11, 2020