A young lifeguard in Florida who was fired after rescuing a drowning man in a section of beach he was not assigned to patrol was offered his job back after public outrage. He declined the offer. The reason I was fired is just ridiculous, Thomas Lopez told CNN late Wednesday. It is a ridiculous rule, really. What was I supposed to do? Just let the guy drown? Lopez, 21, was manning his post on Hallandale Beach, north of Miami, on Monday afternoon when a beach-goer alerted him to a swimmer struggling in an unprotected part of the beach. It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasnt going to say no, said Lopez said.