-- From an Associated Press dispatch A MAN HAS BEEN DISMISSED AFTER leaving his maintenance job to respond to an emergency call to help two victims of heart attack.
"When you're talking about a heart attack victim, you have four to six minutes to respond," said the maintenance worker, Collin Swift, who is 43 years old. "I knew what I had to do."
Mr. Swift, who is a volunteer emergency medical technician, is challenging the dismissal through a union grievance procedure.
He received an urgent call from an ambulance service Feb. 21 while he was working at the Pine River Baker Industries-Durkee plant. He was told that an elderly couple were having simultaneous heart attacks. . . . When he left his job at 11:20, he said he did not tell a company supervisor or get a written slip acknowledging his sudden departure, as company rules require. . . . [Said Swift]: "I thought someone's life was worth more than going through the ritual of hunting up a supervisor." . . . Both the heart attack victims survived.
Mr. Swift signed a return-to-work form at 1 p.m. that day. Three days later he was dismissed from the job he had held nearly 18 years.
Bill Waller, industrial relations manager for Sunoco, which owns the Pine River plant, said in a statement: . . . "We do want to make it clear that our corporate and local practices are to encourage employees to be involved in civic activities. In fact, many of our employees are able to engage in such volunteer services and still abide by the plant rules that have been established."
CORRECTION-DATE: September, 1986
A story in July's Insider ("Great Moments in Corporate Work Rules," page 22) reprinted an Associated Press dispatch about a worker who was fired after he left his job to help two heart-attack victims. The plant is owned by a division of Sonoco Products Co., in Hartsville, S.C. Sunoco is a brand name of petroleum products marketed by subsidiaries of Sun Co.
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