On June 27, 2019, Fire Capt. Daniel Thomas Dwyer rushed into the burning Atlanta home of 95-year-old Sallie Skrine in an effort to save her. Now he’s facing a weeklong suspension for that decision, WTHR reports.
The leader of the area’s fire union, Paul Gerdis, told Fox5 Atlanta that Dwyer made a split-second decision to go in ahead of the rest of the firefighting crew out of concern for Skrine, fearing the fire was so intense that every second mattered in ensuring her survival.
Although Dwyer was able to remove Skrine from the house, emergency responders were unable to revive her, according to Fox News.
The Atlanta Fire Department sent Dwyer a notice last week informing him to return to work on Feb. 19 after serving a four-day unpaid suspension, 11Alive reports. The notice states that his action to enter the house, which he did alone, conflicted with the Atlanta Fire Department’s values of “accountability and maintaining crew integrity,” and broke their rules against freelancing. Dwyer told 11Alive he is trying to appeal the department’s decision.
Atlanta Fire Department Chief Randall B. Slaughter released a statement saying the department is not going to discuss Dwyer’s individual case, but the decision was made to encourage safety and order, as well as establish clear protocol and expectations for firefighters and other emergency responders, WTHR reports.