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GA Fire Chief Reacts to Suspension of Firefighter in Rescue Case

Atlanta (GA) Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter spoke to reporters about a case in which a firefighter was suspended for his actions during a 2019 rescue at a house fire.

In a 2019 June fire, Capt. Daniel Dwyer sprang into action and made entry to a burning home to pull a female victim out. The victim later succumbed to her injuries. Capt. Dwyer was suspended without pay for four days.

Chief Slaughter said that although rushing into a fire alone may seem “courageous and commendable,” that person can also jeopardize other firefighters if they get trapped, according to the Washington Post. Per the FOX 5 report, the chief stressed accountability as the main issue in the case.

WashingtonPost: A firefighter tried to save an elderly woman from a burning house. Then he was suspended without pay.

FOX: Georgia firefighter faces suspension for decision to save elderly woman from burning building

FirefighterNation: Atlanta Fire Chief Defends House Fire Rescue Suspension