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Atlanta fire captain suspended without pay for rushing into burning house to save 95-year-old woman

A hero disciplined for doing his job

Image source: WAGA-TV screenshot

A Georgia fire captain has been suspended from his job because he ran inside a burning house to rescue a 95-year-old woman.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Atlanta Fire Captain Daniel Thomas Dwyer was suspended without pay this week because he broke "protocol" when he heroically rushed into the burning home of 95-year-old Sally Skrine last June, WXIA-TV reported.

Apparently, Dwyer was supposed to wait for his fire crew before attempting to save Skrine's life.

WXIA obtained Dwyer's disciplinary report, which states, "You entered the structure without your crew members which is in immediate conflict with no freelancing, accountability and maintaining crew integrity."

Paul Gerdis, the head of the fire union, told WAGA-TV that Dwyer made a "split-second" decision to enter the burning home because the intensity of the blaze significantly decreased the survival chances of any occupants. Gerdis said Dwyer's suspension "sends the wrong message."

Unfortunately, Skrine was unable to survive her injures.

Dwyer will be suspended without pay for four days and will be able to return to work on Feb. 19, WXIA reported. He is appealing the decision.

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