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Firefighter cuffed, held while helping accident victims

Jacob Gregoir (right)

Jacob Gregoir (right)

A California firefighter has made headlines by responding to a serious accident on February 4, 2014, following protocol, attempting to help victims, and getting himself cuffed and held by CHPs officers for his trouble.

It seems that firefighter Jacob Gregoir, a 12-year veteran, was responding to the scene of an overturned car in  Chula Vista, California, Tuesday night. He parked the firetruck behind the ambulance, as firefighters are reportedly trained to do. This is supposed to help protect the emergency vehicle from oncoming traffic.

While he was checking the overturned vehicle for more victims Gregoir was told by a CHPs officer to remove the firetruck from the area of the median or be arrested. Gregoir reportedly said he would have to check with his captain, and continued to search the wreckage for victims. The officer, who has not been identified in the reports, cuffed and detained Gregoir for 30 minutes at the scene.

When asked for comment, Chula Vista Fire Department Chief Dave Hanneman said, “To detain one of our firefighters in the middle of an incident is ridiculous. It doesn’t provide the good customer service, the good public service that both of our agencies are there to do.” CHPs has not made any comment on the incident so far.

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