You are Fired!

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    Thumbs down You are Fired!

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    'You're fired,' man hears after saving a woman's life

    The 24-year-old grabbed a gun before going to help his neighbor who had been shot.

    By Jim Schoettler, The Times-Union


    When a neighbor screamed she'd been shot, Colin Bruley grabbed his shotgun, found the victim and began treating her bloodied right leg.

    Tonnetta Lee survived Tuesday's pre-dawn shooting at her Jacksonville apartment, and her sister and a neighbor praised Bruley's actions. But his employers, the same people who own the Arlington complex where Bruley lives, reacted differently. They fired him.

    Bruley, a leasing agent at the Oaks at Mill Creek, said he lost his job after being told that brandishing the weapon was a workplace violation, as was failing to notify supervisors after the incident occurred. He'd worked at the Monument Road complex since December and for the owner, Village Green Cos., since 2005.

    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. He also said he was acting as a citizen, not an employee, and shouldn't have been punished for trying to protect himself and others. He never fired the shotgun.

    "I was expecting work to give me some kind of commendation," said Bruley, 24. "I was totally blown back. It was a crisis that most people don't go through."

    Andrea Roebker, the company's director of public relations, said "We're not in a position to discuss any employment issues outside of [with] the employee.

    She declined to comment further, citing confidentiality rules.

    A complaint Bruley said was given to him by his supervisor Tuesday said he violated several company policies found in an employee handbook. Those procedures were also explained in a recent meeting and an e-mail, the complaint said. One policy prohibits any type of weapons being used in the workplace. The complaint cited him for "gross misconduct."

    "Colin demonstrated extremely poor judgment in responding to this situation," the complaint said. "Colin's failure to immediately report this incident ... could have serious ramifications to the property, its associates and residents."

    A police report said the shooting followed a domestic quarrel involving Lee, 24, and her boyfriend. Bruley said he was dozing off in his apartment when he heard Lee's screams. He said he then grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun he uses for protection and hunting.

    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.

    "I was kind of in a state of shock. I had blood all over my body," Bruley said.

    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.

    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.

    Erica Jenkins, Lee's sister, said Bruley should still have a job. Lee couldn't be reached to comment despite several messages left with her sister and mother.

    "If it wasn't for him ... she could have lost her leg or died," said Jenkins, 19. "He put his life in jeopardy for someone else."

    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.

    "If I'd lose my job again for helping some girl's life ... I'd do it over and over," Bruley said.
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    They lost a good employee, their loss.

    He'll get another job, with better people assuming someone steps up and hires him after reading this.

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    I do not understand the PC that runs amok in this country now days.

    I'd hire him if I could.
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

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    Just don't understand how anyone in there right mind would consider this to be the right thing to do.

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    Too bad for the company. He sounds like a good guy. Most people in current times would cower in fear under their bed and wait for the police to help the other person.
    eschew obfuscation

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    Quote Originally Posted by portsider44 View Post
    Just don't understand how anyone in there right mind would consider this to be the right thing to do.
    +1. Its beyond my understanding how they can fire somebody like that. ...If it was that supervisors daughter that had been shot,that good samaritain wouldn't have been fired,I can promise that

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    Nothing surprises me anymore.

    God bless this young man!! (I'm confident He will.)

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    He should sue them 'til he owns the place.

    To even suggest that someone not respond in a situation like this is to approach moral rock bottom. Shame, shame on The Oaks at Mill Creek.
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    Sad but not surprising in todays day and age of ridiculous PC crap permeating every fiber of American culture now.

    I believe the man will find a job in no time and it will be a better one at that. He's a hero and he deserves to be hailed as such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    I do not understand the PC that runs amok in this country now days.

    I'd hire him if I could.
    You said it!
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    Cowards and Liars

    As I find myself saying a lot lately, politicians and lawyers have made cowards and liars of most all of our society.
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    It sounds like this is not s good place to work or live. If I was shot and bleeding I would want any help I could get especialy if the help came armed. Theres no way to be sure that the boy friend is not still around and what his mindset may be. I hope the GG wins big in court.

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    I do hope the guy finds grounds for a lawsuit.

    Ordinarily I'm not a litigious guy, but in cases like these when you are punished for giving aid and rescue to a victim of violence and had the where-with-all to arm yourself for protection and possibly to further protect the victim you are helping should be commended and not punished.

    His bosses should have to pay something for having such lack of moral compassion towards their fellow citizens and tenants.
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    "Colin demonstrated extremely poor judgment in responding to this situation," the complaint said. "Colin's failure to immediately report this incident ... could have serious ramifications to the property, its associates and residents."
    They'll have to explain what such "ramifcations" might be. Had he used a tourniquet, he'd be lauded as a hero. Had he needed a knife to cut the tape for binding her wounds, he'd be similarly patted on the back. But since he took precautions against likely attack (given the nature of the wounds), he's villified as some sort of aggressor and grave risk to the safety of his neighbors.

    Stupid people (the people controlling that place) have no bounds for their callous and irresponsible treatment of others, the moment the word "gun" becomes part of the discussion. Actions such as these are destroying communities, whether they understand it or not.
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    If I had my choice, I would want to see that girl alive and be unemployed, not the other way around.
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