Fireman uses his mask to save woman, gets criticized by boss7/8/2012
Days after a lifeguard was fired for breaking protocol to rescue a drowning woman, a Philadelphia firefighter has managed to keep his job after breaking protocol to save a choking woman. Firefighter Fran Cheney was criticized after he found a woman grasping for breath and choking on smoke on the second floor of a warehouse fire on Wednesday. He ripped his air mask off and gave it to her, then carried her downstairs and outside to safety. Cheney collapsed and was hospitalized with smoke inhalation. Yet, after the heroic move, not to mention the $500 he donated to her family, he was thanked by a visit from a top fire official criticizing him for his actions. However, amid public outcry the department has now announced Cheney will not be formally disciplined.
Should he have followed protocol, or are there times when it's OK to break the rules?