According to NBC San Diego, on Wednesday a California firefighter responded to the scene of an accident only to end up in handcuffs.
Jacob Gregoire, 36, a 12-year veteran of the Chula Vista Fire Department responded to an accident where a car crashed into the center of the divider of a Southern California interstate injuring two people.
On the scene, a fire engine was parked in the road in order to block traffic and keep cars from hitting an exposed ambulance, however, the California Highway Patrol officers wanted the truck moved. Gregoire refused to move the truck, because of safety reasons. As a result, a California Highway Patrol officer put him in handcuffs.
Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman said in a statement that most of the time both organizations work well together. Hanneman said, “He was very proud of how Gregoire and the other firefighters on the scene handled the situation.”
NBC San Diego reported that a firefighter said over the radio, “This is ridiculous, CHP is arresting Engineer Gregoire for where he spotted the fire engine. We’re in the middle of patient care with patients on the freeway and we’re trying to protect our scene.”
Afterwards, the CHP and Chula Vista Fire Chiefs released a joint statement that said, “Both the CHP and the Chula Vista Fire Department share a common goal of protecting the public and providing the highest level of safety to responding emergency personnel.”