Going above and beyond the call of duty normally earns an employee praise from his or her superiors, but one daycare teacher in Florida says she was fired for doing more than was required by her job description.
With little time to assess the scope of the situation, Hammack quickly headed back into the classroom, and awoke the children from their nap.
She then escorted them outside, and rushed back in to make sure no children were left behind.
The second time around Hammack could clearly see the oven fire was small enough to manage on her own, and so she put it out herself before the fire trucks arrived.
Having saved the facility and its children from a potentially dangerous fire, Hammack was understandably shocked the next day when the facility's owner, Olga Rozhaov, fired her.
The local fire department confirmed that an oven fire had indeed occurred, and that it was extinguished by Hammack.
And Hammack says she acted out of concern that the fire would have spread had she stayed put.
But Rozhaov refused to budge, insisting that protocol superseded Hammack's concerns.
"It's not acceptable, and if anybody else does the same thing, I will fire again," Rozhaov said. "I will fire them. No question."