Fire Chief Suspends Captain For Running In Burning Building To Save 95 Year Old

Sandy Malone

The Atlanta fire chief suspended a fire captain who bravely rushed into a burning house to save an elderly woman.

Atlanta, GA – An Atlanta firefighter was suspended for breaking fire department policy when he ran into a burning home to retrieve a 95-year-old woman.

The incident occurred in June of 2019 on Collier Drive in northwest Atlanta, Statter911 reported.

Atlanta Fire Captain Daniel Thomas Dwyer went into a burning home to rescue 95-year-old Sallie Skrine even though department policy dictated that he wait until more firefighters arrived at the blaze before he attempted a rescue, WAGA reported.

Atlanta Professional Firefighters Association President Paul Gerdis said Capt. Dwyer made a “split-second” decision to try to affect the rescue on his own because he believed the fire was so intense that every second counted to try and save the elderly woman’s life.

Gerdis said that Capt. Dwyer had to crawl across the home’s front porch and through the fire to get into the house, where he used a piece of equipment to locate Skrine’s body lying on the dining room floor, WAGA reported.

The fire captain pulled the elderly woman to safety but paramedics were unable to revive her.

WAGA news footage of the incident showed the heroic firefighter coming out of the blaze carrying Skrine and a group of firefighters meeting him on the steps of the home to assist with the rescue.

But Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Randall Slaughter didn’t see Capt. Dwyer’s actions that night as heroic.

Instead, Chief Slaughter said the fire supervisor had done his job in an “unsafe manner” and docked his pay for 48 hours, WAGA reported.

The fire chief refused to comment on the suspension and released a statement that said he couldn’t discuss individual disciplinary cases.

“And now captain Dwyer is facing a 48-hour suspension without pay for doing the actions that is stereotypical of firefighters – running into burning buildings and saving the public,” Gerdis complained to WAGE. “It sends the wrong message.”

He pointed out to WAGA that while it was sad that Skrine did not live, the elderly woman wouldn’t have even had a chance of surviving if Capt. Dwyer hadn’t bravely headed into the blaze to find her when he did.

Comments (43)
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Woobie46
Woobie46

Chief, YOU are a disgrace to the uniform and should either immediately resign or get a vote of no confidence. This place is unionized and can take steps to immediately review and then overturn this asshat's decision. HE is NO hero, that's for sure. What do you think is going to happen to your 'chiefhood' now that you've spit upon someone who acted heroically? You're done...get out while you still can!

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

The captain is a HERO for what he did and the chief is a coward and should be removed from his position as soon as possible

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

There has to be more to this story.... known trapped victim, heavy fire, go it and do what you can to get the victim out!!! the only thing that I find odd is that the captain's crew wasn't searching with him.... maybe they were using a hoseline to try to knock down the fire?

While I understand what the chief is saying (and for full disclaimer, I'm a firefighter), this is one of those cases where the captain did the right thing to help out the citizen, and should be praised, not punished.

Neil N
Neil N

Sounds more personal than policy. From what I read there was no time. When someone’s life is at risk policy goes out the window. That’s what makes heroes.
I’m calling BS

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

So how is that Affirmative Action hire Fire Chief working out for you???

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Most heroes don't wear capes.

Viking24
Viking24

I’m very familiar with this incident.
Definitely personal!!
Ongoing grudge from chief

JBoH
JBoH

Gotta say...if my house is on fire and I'm incapacitated, this is the guy I want responding.

Jones24
Jones24

This chief is a flipping idiot!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Again a political figure goes after the hardworking men and women under their command.

These administrators forget where they came from and are only out for me , myself and I

I believe that the political “bosses” put uranium chips in the bars and stars of the captains and chiefs!!😂😂

What else explains this epidemic affecting them!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

As an ex emt, I will say, I would have probably done the same damn thing, under the circumstances ! It's part of the job .....saving lives. WTG Chief, hope this bites you in the ass, big time !

Lochemet
Lochemet

It's the Chief that should be suspended...maybe actually replaced...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#fairpunishment #becausebluelivesmatter

gottie
gottie

That chief should be replaced ..

Roland F
Roland F

What a joke. We are seeing this type of stuff on both sides, pd and fd. These commanders really need to think of what their actions will do to the rank and file. Don't see him lasting long!

Mac na Ceardadh
Mac na Ceardadh

I have never been a firefighter but was raised by one. I am a retired Marine and would have done the same as that captain. We are of a brotherhood of people who run toward the danger.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

First of all, I would have to fight the suspension and see what happens and then take it from there !!!!!

Voice88
Voice88

Now I would understand if he was suspended for 48hrs WITH pay, because his actions could hava caused one of his team members to be hurt or killed...

But with that said to suspend him WITHOUT pay, tells every member of the fire department that the departments policy goes before the lives of the people they swore to protect. GREAT LESSON CHIEF! Your a role model to remember.😬

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

You can bet the chief would be singing a different tune if the captain came out of the building carrying 2 live children.

RampageFinal06
RampageFinal06

Chief needs to out and find where he left his testicular fortitude, because this is exactly what Firefighters do. God Bless him!

RandyJ
RandyJ

Commendation is in order, this guy is a hero, a real frikin hero----Chief must be prejudiced----deserves to be honored not punished----fire the Chief---he's a cowardly maggot!


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