A firefighter has been suspended for four days and docked of his pay after attempting to save a 95-year-old lady from her burning home.
An Atlanta firefighter is set to be suspended this week without pay after breaking protocol by leaving his crew behind to save an elderly woman from her burning home in 2019.
Atlanta Fire Department Captain Daniel Dwyer attempted to save 95-year-old Sally Skrine’s life which meant breaking protocol, which means he will now be suspended without pay. A complaint was filed last week that stated ‘a notice of final adverse action’.
11Alive has reported that the brave firefighter won’t be able to return to work till February 19.
The official complaint states that Dwyer broke protocol by entering Skrine’s residence on Collier Drive in west Atlanta on June 27, 2019.
The complaint states: ‘You entered the structure without your crew members which is in immediate conflict with no freelancing, accountability and maintaining crew integrity’.
The extreme fire was believed to have started in the woman’s kitchen and crew members struggled to gain access as Skrine had “burglar bars” surrounding her home.
Eventually, Dwyer managed to get in the home and pull Skrine out of the front door and onto the porch. However, the woman later died from her injuries.
The Atlanta Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter signed the firefighter’s suspension.
He said in a statement: ‘The disciplinary process for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is designed to encourage safety and order.
‘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.’
Dwyer is currently seeking to appeal the decision.