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Atlanta Fire Captain Suspended for House Fire Rescue

Freelancing cited in June 2019 rescue

FirefighterNation Staff

ATLANTA – An Atlanta fire captain who risked his life to save an elderly woman inside a burning home in June of 2019 is being suspended without pay for his actions.

11Alive reports that last year Captain Daniel Dwyer and other firefighters responded to a house fire on Collier Drive where 95-year old Sally Skrine was inside.

Captain Dwyer was able to get inside the burning house despite fire conditions and burglar bars on the windows and rescue Skrine.

Skrine eventually died from her injuries and Dwyer last week received his notice of suspension.

11Alive received the notice signed by Atlanta Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter.

The notice states “you entered the structure without your crew members which is in immediate conflict with no freelancing, accountability and maintaining crew integrity,” according to 11Alive.

Chief Slaughter stated to 11Alive, “The disciplinary process for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is designed to encourage safety and order. It also seeks to establish clear expectations in both emergency and non-emergency situations. At this time, it would be inappropriate to publicly discuss individual disciplinary cases that have not been totally resolved. The City of Atlanta has a process in place where each employee is afforded the opportunity to appeal proposed adverse disciplinary actions with the Civil Service Review Board.”

Dwyer is appealing his suspension.