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Controversy over Atlanta fire captain’s suspension after rescuing woman from burning home

Captain told the way rescue occurred was not in line with policy

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Morse Diggs, WAGA-TV:

An Atlanta firefighter faces suspension in connection with his attempt to get a woman out of a burning building.

If it sounds like that is what Captain Daniel Thomas Dwyer is supposed to do, it is.

But the way he went about it was not in line with fire policy. Dwyer’s commander says he carried out his mission in an unsafe manner. They say he needed to wait for additional firefighters to show up before starting his search for 95-year-old Sallie Skrine.

The incident happened last June on Collier Drive in northwest Atlanta.

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Jonathan Raymond, WXIA-TV:

The woman, Sally Skrine, eventually died because of her injuries. Fire officials believed the fire started in the kitchen, and that “burglar bars” around her home made it difficult to quickly get inside.

But Dwyer did get in. A video, which 11Alive is not publishing because Skrine is in it, shows him pulling her out of the front door and onto her porch, before other firefighters go and help carry her down away from the house.

The document cites as a cause for the suspension Dwyer’s decision to enter the home on June 27, 2019 and try to save Skrine in a break of protocol.

“You entered the structure without your crew members which is in immediate conflict with no freelancing, accountability and maintaining crew integrity,” it states.

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