Fla. Contractor That Fired Lifeguard For Saving Man Outside Zone Backs Down

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City Manager Renee Crichton said, "We do not have all the facts in this case. We take the safety to all visitors to our beaches very seriously. Whether they are in a protected area or unprotected area, we believe aid must be rendered."

Dobens said Jeff Ellis Management has been employed by the city since 2003.

The city renewed the company's contract in 2009, said Dobens. It will expire on September 30, 2012.

"I'm told the city was planning on going out for bids on [a new contractor] to see if we can get a better deal," Dobens said.

Dobens said Hallandale Beach pays around $339,000 a year to Jeff Ellis Management to cover the city's two beaches and its municipal pool.

"Right now [Elllis] is doing the investigation, and we're hoping to get results fairly soon to examine what happened," Dobens said. "Nothing like this has happened before in Hallandale Beach."

With reporting by MATT GUTMAN and KATIE MOISSE and CANDACE SMITH.

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