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Lifeguard fired for saving a life declines offer to return to work

By now everyone has heard about the story of a lifeguard fired after saving a man drowning. Tomas Lopez was terminated Monday for violating company policy by leaving the zone his company, Jeff Ellis and Associates oversees.

The Florida-based company said lifeguards cannot go beyond the perimeter of the beach they are responsible for.

The company today spoke to Lopez and offered him his job back, but he declined their offer.

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Tomas Lopez at 7p ET.

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Florida lifeguard fired after saving drowning man

The south Florida lifeguard fired for disregarding a protected area so he could save a swimmer outside that zone said Thursday he has been offered his job back.

But Tomas Lopez told CNN he does not plan to return to work.

The 21-year-old said his phone has been ringing off the hook with journalists trying to get his side of the story. He is set to make an appearance on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Thursday night.

"The reason I was fired is just ridiculous," Lopez told CNN late Wednesday. "It is a ridiculous rule, really. What was I supposed to do? Just let the guy drown?"

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