California Highway Patrol Settles Dispute With Fireman By Using Handcuffs

“The CHP is going to investigate,” [Chula Vista fire chief, Dave] Hanneman said. ‘I think a lot of this had to do with communication.’”

Umm, not really.

From U-T San Diego:

The firefighter had parked the engine behind an ambulance in the fast lane of Interstate 805 near East Naples Drive, where a sedan had flipped over a concrete guard rail and two people were reported injured.

Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman said fire crews are trained to position their rigs to block oncoming traffic.

“I know clearing the freeway is a priority for the CHP,” Hanneman said. “Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our firefighters and patients.”

The CHP officer, whose name has not been released, told firefighter/engineer Jacob Gregoire to move the engine out of the traffic lane or he would be arrested, Hanneman said. He said Gregoire, who was checking the overturned car for any additional victims, answered that he’d have to check with his captain.

That’s when the officer detained Gregoire, a 12 ½-year fire service veteran, Hanneman said.

A CBS8 news video shows the firefighter jumping over a low concrete freeway divider, putting his hands behind his back and being cuffed. The CHP officer led him to a patrol car, put him in the back seat and detained him there for several minutes. He was not arrested.

Supervisors from both agencies met at the crash site and Gregoire was released, Hanneman said.

Being blunt, this has everything to do with a Highway Patrol officer who is on a personal power trip, and needs to lose his badge, forever. Even if the firefighter was somehow out of line (and the video doesn't back that up) the dispute could have been handled after the accident victims were all cared for.

Gee, I hope this officer's family is never in a situation where they need to be saved by a fireman, and another cop decides to arrest the rescuers before his loved ones can be brought out of danger.

Our nation truly is going insane.


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  • Swed.

    You get exactly what you tolerate, this cop needs to loose his job and never be allowed firearms possession.

  • tomyj1

    He should lose his badge and pension.Ego manic.

  • RobertNorwood

    If this had been a civilian blocking traffic I could see it but this is an emergency vehicle and a first responder/public servant. Where I live at least this would not be an uncommon sight or event, and no cop would come by and start that kind of nonsense.
    This clown is an idiot who needs to be put on the rubber gun squad.

  • Scott

    another IDIOT with a badge and a gun on a power trip...

  • gavinwca

    I disagree with the premis of this article. It has been a problem for years that emergency vehicles have gone to the scene of an minor automobile accident and parked blocking all highway lanes when blocking one or two lanes would have been sufficient to preform their duties. I have scene 6 lane highways blocked for long periods of Time and traffic backed up for miles for no reason except the emergency vehicle can park where he wants to includeing police cars.. I am sure the whole story is not told here , when the officer asked the fireman to move his vehicle and clear the lane he should have done so. The driver of a fire truck is normally not the medic on that vehicle. There has to have been a long standing problem for it to get this far. A happy medium has to be reached. So everyone can properly do their job and the public is not put at a disadvantage any longer than necessary before traffic movement is continued.

    • John

      I will agree that sometimes there have been times where more lanes than needed were blocked but when they came on scene might have been necessary ,either way the fire captain out ranks the police { at the scene of wreck / fire } , so the fireman was right to want to confirm with his captain
      before moving the fire truck . P.S. There was an Ambulance in front of him !

  • SoWhatBubb

    Was a time when any Conservative would stand up for cops.
    No more.
    Distrust of cops is probably the only thing
    that Libturds and Conservatives have in common.

    Cops have lost everybody, except other despicable cops.

    Oh yeah, big brave cops. justifying kicking your door in at gunpoint.
    Oh yeah, big brave cops. Killing, abusing citizens, just another day's work.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    Most Dangerous Jobs of 2011 / Death per 100,000
    Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    Most Dangerous Jobs of 2011 / Death per 100,000
    1. Commercial Fishing/ 121 (7.5 times more danger than cops)
    2. Loggers / 102 (6.4 times more danger than cops)
    3. Pilots, Flight Engineers /57 (3.5 times more danger than cops)
    4. Refuse Collector / 41 (2.6 times more danger than cops)
    5. Roofers / 31.8 (Two times more danger than cops)
    6. Iron, Steel Worker /27 (1.7 times more danger than cops)
    7. Farmers, Ranchers / 25 (1.6 times more danger than cops)
    8. Truck Drivers / 24 (1.5 times more danger than cops)
    9. Electric Power Worker /20.3(1.3 times more danger than cops)
    10. Taxi Driver / 19.7 (1.2 times more danger than cops)
    Down the list:
    Cops / 16
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/09/20/the-10-deadliest-jobs-in-america

    In 2013, the number of Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) firearm related deaths is down 33 percent and is the lowest since 1887.

    In 2013, the number of LEO deaths in the line of duty, counting all causes, fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.

    All of this happened while a potentially record number of Americans were obtaining and carrying handguns on their persons for concealed carry, personal protection, and home protection. .

    http://www.policeone.com/patrol-issues/articles/6702607-2013-in-Review-Law-enforcement-fatalities-dip-to-lowest-level-in-six-decades/