February 7th, 2014
10:09 AM ET

California Highway Patrol Officer Cuffs Firefighter for Refusing to Move Engine

A Southern California firefighter ended up in handcuffs this week after he disagreed with a highway patrol officer on where to park a fire engine.

The California Highway Patrol detained engineer Jacob Gregoire of the Chula Vista Fire Department for about 30 minutes after he refused to move an engine partially blocking a lane, CNN affiliate KFMB reported.

It was there to help protect ambulance crews treating people injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 805.

The same officer also asked firefighters with two other engines at the accident to leave the scene. They complied with the request.

Fire Chief Dave Hanneman stood by the crew that remained.

"We don't know what was going through the officer's mind,"Hanneman told CNN affiliate KSWB. "From our perspective, our engineer was out there doing what they're trained to do and doing everything right to take care of patient care and protect that scene."

The incident prompted a meeting between CHP and Chula Vista officials Wednesday.

In a joint statement released after the session, they called the officer's detention an "unfortunate incident," labeling it "an isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal."

The statement promised the incident will be a topic of future joint training sessions between the two agencies.

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  1. Mark

    This is the typical spin by the bureaucrats and the typical power trip by an ignorant and self important officer. The fire department did everything right. The officer acted stupidly. Now the spin by bureaucrats that this was an isolated incident and training is the solution. How does training about something you should already know help? How does it help stupidity? How does it fix the god syndrome? It won't. Now to the spin. Isolated? Pure BS, it happens often, last time it was caught was in 2010 when another CHP officer arrested a battalion chief. What's different is that the previous incident was only reported and this one was caught on tape. Also, another CHP officer ordered another engine to leave and it did. The problem – it was bringing a paramedic to the scene. That one was caught on video. So here's three instances – how is that isolated? Why is the bureaucrats want this covered up? They're not only protecting the officers but also their leadership. The truth is clear, the lies make it clear that the leadership is just as incompetent and untrustworthy as these officers that go caught. And when people find out they become less trustful of government. It's time for those that are responsible to do some house cleaning, starting with officers and going right up to those responsible for training and managing them.

    February 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply

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