fandango_matt: He wasn't fired for saving the woman's life. He was fired for having a gun at his work. Nice editorializing, there.
But his employers, the same people who own the Arlington complex where Bruley lives, reacted differently. They fired him.
Bruley said he was too shaken to call his supervisor immediately after the incident, which occurred just before 2 a.m., but planned to eventually do so.
When he left his apartment armed, he had no indication a gun was in play at the scene.
Bruley said he found the woman bleeding heavily. He handed the shotgun to a neighbor, tied a tourniquet around her right leg and waited for police and rescue to arrive.
After emergency officials took Lee to the hospital, Bruley returned to his apartment and tried to settle down, eventually falling asleep. He said he could have called his supervisor but didn't think she could do anything at the time. He said he was called into the office about 9:30 a.m., gave his account and then left. He said he was called back that afternoon and told he was fired.
An employer can not strip you of your rights.
pyramid termite: he can strip you of your job, however
Benny Andajetz: The only thing stupider than zero tolerance policies are the pinheads that uncritically enforce them. ("I have no choice. The rules plainly say......")
quin: Much like it's not a violation of my First Amendment rights if I post confidential information about the company I work for, and they fire me. I have the right to speak, but they have a right to terminate me for violating their rules.
"The story begins at approximately 2 a.m. on June 12, when Bruley awoke to screams in his apartment complex near Jacksonville. The 24-year-old, who worked and lives in the complex, was on medical leave at the time and recuperating in his apartment. When he heard a female voice shout, ‘I've been shot,’ he grabbed his shotgun and rushed to the scene in only his boxer shorts.
His neighbor, Tonnetta Lee, had been shot in the leg in a third-floor ‘breezeway.’ A former hospital attendant and nursing school student, Bruley began administering first aid. He located the exit wound at the back of her right leg and surmised (accurately, as it turns out) that the bullet had struck an artery. He then removed Lee's belt and used it as a tourniquet, applied pressure to the wound and kept her calm until an ambulance arrived some 15 minutes later. His actions, according to the victim's family, ‘saved her life, or at least her leg.’
Covered in blood and still shaking from the incident, Bruley stumbled back to his apartment and attempted to relax. ‘It felt like I was coming down after drinking seven shots of coffee,’ he told me. He showered, called an old friend in Detroit and tried to fall back asleep. He did not, however, immediately call his supervisor about the incident.
The next morning, at about 10:30, he was called into the leasing office and asked to file an incident report. The victim's sister, Erica Jenkins, was also there, and she thanked Bruley.
When he was called back to the office that afternoon, he said, he thought that his employer intended to give him a commendation. Instead, another manager, on the phone from Cincinnati, said she was ‘very disappointed’ in the way Bruley handled the situation. Bruley was then fired for ‘gross misconduct,’ he says.
According to a complaint he says his supervisor gave him, Bruley violated The Village Green Company's rules by failing to notify his supervisor immediately and by brandishing a weapon in the workplace.
…Yes, Bruley may have deviated from protocol -- but he did so in an emergency situation. He put the life of his neighbor -- who was also his client -- ahead of his own safety. Which raises the question: Isn't this the kind of person any company would want as an employee?"
Where are you?
Where are you shot?
Where is the shooter?
"Bruley said he is considering contacting a lawyer about his dismissal, but will first look for another job and possibly another home. He promises he won't shy away from aiding others in need."*
He's working in an at-will state, so they can give any kind of reason they like (or none at all) to fire him.
Yes, he violated his employer's rules and must be punished. -- 2%
No. Even though he broke the rules, he tried to help and getting fired is too harsh. -- 13%
Not only should be keep his job, he should be commended for helping a neighbor. -- 85%
"'I had a lot of OJT dealing with emergency trauma situations,' Bruley said.
And that training paid off. They did not know where the woman was. He called out questions to assess the situation:Where are you?
Where are you shot?
Where is the shooter?Upon reaching the woman and examining the wound, he noticed an extraordinarily large amount of blood between the door of her apartment and where she was. He told his neighbor 'it looks like a femoral artery wound.' He handed his gun to the retired Navy man and applied a tourniquet, which he tended until the police arrived.
Bruley said that by the time the police arrived ten minutes later, he was pretty much covered with blood.
...in the ten minutes it took for the police to get there, she probably would have bled to death. The doctors told her the tourniquet had definitely saved her leg, and probably her life."*
"Neighbor Kevin Courson joined Bruley at the crime scene when he saw Bruley had a gun for protection. Courson said he is incensed by the dismissal. 'Here was a guy trying to do a good deed. He wasn't trying to hurt nobody,' said Courson, 31. "*
"The company said Bruley's rent was delinquent and his May rent check had bounced, according to the company. They said Burley's lease was missing from the management office.
The company also said that a police officer said Bruley's attempt at medical aid to the victim of the June 12 shooting at the apartments 'actually caused the victim more harm than good.'"*
"Bruley received confirmation of his diagnosis the next morning, when he received a visit from the victim’s sister. She told him her sister spent several hours in emergency surgery getting her femoral artery repaired.
She thanked Bruley for saving her sister’s life—because in the ten minutes it took for the police to get there, she probably would have bled to death. The doctors told her the tourniquet had definitely saved her leg, and probably her life."
"Times-Union reporter Jim Schoettler and Jacksonville.com's Tracy Collins discuss the massive attention received on Jim's coverage of a 24-year-old Jacksonville man who was fired after saving a woman's life."
"Jacksonville shooting victim Tonnetta Lee said she wonders what countless others from around the world are now asking: Why was her neighbor fired after coming to her rescue?
...Lee said she was bleeding heavily from a damaged artery when she left her apartment and sought help. Despite her knocks on a neighbor's door, no one answered and she collapsed nearby. The next thing she knew, Bruley was there.
'He said, "How's it going, Tonnetta?" and I said, "Not so good right now,"' Lee said. 'I was in shock.'
...Lee said she hopes Bruley will find a job soon. Meanwhile, she said she's so angry she no longer wants to live in the complex.
'I really do think he saved my life,' Lee said. 'He was helping a neighbor.'"
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