Police Officer Arrests Firefighter for Protecting Crash Victims

Police, u.s., firefighters

Firefighter Jacob Gregoire was arrested by a police officer for telling him he would not stop helping crash victims. To know that someone who is certified in helping other people who are hurt or in danger and yet they are stopped by someone whose job is to protect and serve the people, is very disturbing. Gregoire had responded on Tuesday on the 805 freeway in California to an accident, where a car had been overturned and another car had fallen off into an embankment.

The firefighter had parked the fire truck in front of the accident where the crash had occurred providing protection to the victims as they were being treated and eventually transported into the ambulance. Parking in front of an accident was consistent to the standard protocol and training. A California Highway Patrol officer had arrived and noticed where the truck was parked.

The officer then asked him to move the truck and argued with the firefighter for a few minutes. The firefighter had refused to move the truck and returned to helping the victims. The officer at that moment handcuffed him and placed the firefighter under temporary arrest, detaining him in a squad car for as long as a half an hour, until supervisors of the law enforcement agency and the fire department had arrived at the scene.

Gregoire had explained how he thought it was unbelievable that the police could have treated him like that even though he was only trying to do was his duty helping the people in need of medical attention. To many this situation would be shocking. Why would the police officer be worried about the location of the parked truck and not so focused on the situation concerning the accident? Fire Chief Dave Hanneman explained that detaining someone in the middle of an accident like this was ridiculous. He went on to say that the detainment was not providing good customer service or good public service in which both of the agencies were there to do.

The CHP refused to give out the name of the officer that had been involved in the incident or even say if he had been reprimanded in any way. Logically this would be so that the officer could not receive any type of back lash from the people because it is possible that many would not be happy with what he had done.

The arguments could have come about because of a misunderstanding between the police officer and the firefighter, but why would this officer go as far as to arrest him just for not moving the fire truck? That certainly was not the sole purpose of the police officer being at that location. The police officer was to respond to the accident and help with the situation.

Even if the truck should not have been there, timing is critical when there is an accident and people’s lives are at stake. Although the truck being parked in front of the accident was part of the safety protocol and it was not causing chaotic traffic jams, the arguing about the truck’s location could have waited until the victims were treated and their safety was assured. It could be because some police are not thinking about their duty to protect and to serve the people but about whether or not someone is going to obey their orders.

Editorial by Brittany Varner-Miller

Sources
Daily Caller

19 Responses to "Police Officer Arrests Firefighter for Protecting Crash Victims"

  1. amy k.   February 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    we don’t know the whole story… the firefighter’s side is the only story heard.

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  2. linda gregory   February 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    LINDA GREGORY FROM NORTH CAROLINA
    FEB. 9, 2014
    THIS POLICE OFFICER WAS SO WRONG IN DOING WHAT HE DID. IN MY OPINION HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED OR SUSPENDED WITH NO PAY FOR 1 YEAR IF NOT LONGER. WHAT IF ONE OF THESE VICTIMS WOULD HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY, SHOULD THE FIRE FIGHTER LET THEM DIE, HELL NO, THIS COP IS A TOTAL IDIOT & WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO OUR OPINION. I WAS MARRIED TO A FIREFIGHTER & HAVE A SON & SON-IN-LAW WHO ARE FIREFIGHTERS. LETS LEAVE THEM ALONG WHILE DOING THEIR JOB.

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  3. Dale   February 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

    As a former police officer, cops are trained that the fire department has control of the accident scene. We (police) control the traffic for safety of the rescue personnel. I don’t know what this officer was thinking. Terrible judgement!!

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    • Clover   May 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

      So, is this a LAW on the situation of such, I mean if there is a bad car accident, and the ems/and first responders etc are working on a person who has the CONTROL of the scene the State Patrol or the Fireman/EMS? Meaning if it is a bad car accident and there are several injured and one deceased already who has more precedence the STATE PATROL or the EMS working on a patient that was bleeding to death? Thanks, we are in Missouri?

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  4. paul of Stamford   February 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Do most here realize that that pig/orc probably will get a promotion for this? He’s no idiot. They have meetings before every shift. This behaviorism was definitely encouraged.

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  5. hp   February 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Likely a ‘contempt of cop’ incident where the firefighter didn’t jump at the cop’s every command and actually (gasp!) dared to question the cop.
    Even though ‘contempt of cop’ is not illegal, the firefighter is lucky he wasn’t maimed or even executed for this. Beating, maiming and summary execution are all possible consequences for daring to talk back or question police.

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  6. anon4cec   February 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

    tell these guys how you feel about this!
    http://www.chp.ca.gov/prog/emailCCP.cgi

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  7. robin monk   February 7, 2014 at 2:26 am

    i have no faith whatsoever in the police here in aussie,every week or so you see news about them in court for drink driving etc, just this week two officers in queensland have been charged with RAPE,,.

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  8. Lee   February 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    aI served in the US Coast Guard for over 6 yrs. I was a US law officer, and at all times, the safety of any person heart was first and formost.!! And no other group of so called law group would stand IN MY WAY OF DOING MY JOB!!! God help them if they ever did!!!And I’ll leave it that.

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  9. lucas marvin napier   February 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    It is now legal to shoot & kill any officer who acts this way. -GOD-

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  10. Joseph Fuller   February 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    If any delay in getting help to the accident victims resulted in additional harm to them, I would hope that the officer, his superiors (for poor training), and the CHP get sued in civil court.

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  11. George NYC   February 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    That Pig should be fired! What a Jerk off. He should hope he is never in such need for help and similar bull goes down.

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  12. garvin   February 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I’m sure it’s not the first time! Wow, not the sharpest tool in the shed… Unbelievable! !!

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  13. Bob   February 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Cops all over the country are doing this sort of thing. They think they are the final say. They seem to forget who pays their salary. They think they are above the law they swore to uphold. They almost never have to answer for their actions.

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  14. wilfredo diaz   February 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    This officer is rented cop rookie,oh take it back the word officer,his TRASH YEA A PIECE OOF TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Tish   February 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Officer friendly needs to be outed. A little backlash is just what officer ignorant needs.

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  16. t martin   February 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I long for the days when the CHP was there to protect and to serve instead of intimidate and fundraise.

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  17. pete   February 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Idiot cop.

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  18. Dan wilker   February 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    This police officer should be heavy reprimanded. Imagine if it was your family member trapped in one of the cars. He put his ego above the lives of the public. At least put him on desk duty for 20 years.

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