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March 26, 2014

Watch: Cop cuffs firefighter on EMS call

Witnesses said it stemmed from the firefighter refusing to move his fire truck because he was rendering aid to the patient

WBRZ

NEW ROADS, La. — A New Roads Police Officer may have violated the law when he handcuffed and detained a volunteer firefighter and first responder Monday night during an emergency.

Witnesses said it stemmed from the firefighter refusing to move his fire truck because he was rendering aid to the patient. The call came in around 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Cherry Street. Joyce Harris watched everything unfold at her neighbor's house.

"This is very disheartening, very disappointing and very embarrasing," Harris said. Surveillance cameras at the Housing Authority in New Roads captured it all. A volunteer firefighter was first on the scene on Cherry Street. In the video, you can clearly see his emergency lights flashing while his fire truck was parked.

Full story: Fireman handcuffed after responding to 911 call

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Bert Jobes Bert Jobes Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:51:16 PM Blatant disregard for Emergency Medical Response teammembers. Sorry, If I were the Police officers boss, I would fire him. Plain and simple. From a fellow Firefighter,/Emergency Medical Responder.
Stuart Chung Stuart Chung Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:09:44 PM I thought we were on the same team. The system I work in the police help EMS and Fire or EMS and Fire help the police if the call warrants it.
Chris Furst Sr. Chris Furst Sr. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:29:15 PM How dare someone NOT do what I tell them..........who's got the bigger stick?Unfortunately have seen it before in our system!
David Sonby David Sonby Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:32:00 PM Where I work we help each other, It could be one of his friends needing help.
Sarone A Kennedy Sr Sarone A Kennedy Sr Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:44:25 PM What ever the problem was, if the firefighter was active, the policeman should not have interfered.
Jim Lawrence Jim Lawrence Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:56:25 PM 2nd time I've heard of this situation. In the years that I worked ambulance (southern California), I have never ever heard of anyone being told to move their vehicle during a call. That is the least of the problems of that call. If an officer did need to have one of our vehicles moved, they asked. That is more professional than just ordering someone to move the vehicle and cuffing them. I think actually the officer may have had a problem with the person either cuz he's just a volunteer or for personal reasons. Why else would he do it?
Terry LaBaff Terry LaBaff Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:29:55 PM if the vehicle is running why did the officer not just move it himself? The responders have more important things to be concerned with than making a street look pretty.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:39:30 PM At least the press is covering this. It shall be interesting to see how this plays out.
Michael Wolf Michael Wolf Wednesday, March 26, 2014 5:59:19 PM Where im from we practice blocking off the street. If a car is driving by it is better for him to turn around a go a different way rather then the driver trying to go around the rig and hitting it or hitting someone. And I see your point but that is a big debate. I have heard of firefighters moving another department's rig but it is not a friendly gesture. Truth is nothing was done wrong on this scene
Eric Ward Eric Ward Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:07:09 PM The cop will get a weeks paid suspension and a hey don't do that again. Nothing will come of it
Brian S Hudson Brian S Hudson Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:52:49 PM Fire Department needs to press charges to make the point. They have point in that situation and the police are hindering the situation there.
Jim Walsh Jim Walsh Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:32:47 PM YOU WERE NOT FIRST ON SCENE, YOU ARE NOT THE SCENE COMMANDER, SIT IN THE CRUISER AND SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Jim Walsh Jim Walsh Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:34:59 PM Michael Wolf Except for the chief acting like he was in command, in an emergency situation, first response is ALWAYS scene commander, you take ALL orders from scene commander unless otherwise instructed by Medical Control. This fuck had a HUGE ego like most cops now adays, and they want to be in control of EVERYTHING. Shit can his ass.
Local Guy Local Guy Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:17:31 AM Alright, I can see law enforcement asking a unit to move out of the way if they are blocking a roadway. This isn't a huge ask. Especially if there isn't a reason to block the roadway (and don't think for a minute that a residential medical aid is a reason to block off the entire street, that's just silly). If there is a reason to block the road off (i.e. a traffic collision or blocking a lane of traffic to provide a buffer zone for workers), then LEOs should be fine with it. Cops are smart, and if you give them a good reason, they'll generally go with what you're doing. In this video though, it looks like this 'first responder' blocked the entire road with his pickup when he could have just as easily pulled up to the curb. The cop isn't out of line in asking him to pull his truck to the side of the road, as long as it isn't interfering with patient care, and judging by the fact that the ambulance was already there, this first responder was probably superfluous at that point. Should he have been arrested? No. But was this first responder maybe a bit in the wrong? I'd argue yes.
Joey L Eddins Joey L Eddins Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:58:12 AM First of all, he couldn't move his truck without abandoning his patient, which is not allowed. 2nd, I thought we were suppose to be on the same team. WTF. I hope the cop does get fired. His actions are an embarrassment.
Michael Wolf Michael Wolf Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:13:03 AM Jim Walsh I know lol im aware your right
Terry Gray Terry Gray Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:29:08 PM goes to show they are above the law or so they think
Tony Smith Tony Smith Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:00:07 PM This is the kind of crap that gets patients killed. An emergency scene is not the place for a shoe size contest. I don't know about Louisiana, but in Florida an emergency responder can go to the State Attorney and press criminal charges themselves. And I certainly would. The Chiefs need to work this out. Never intentionally piss of the guy who may be standing over you i your hour of greatest need.
HillBilly Hammer HillBilly Hammer Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:15:20 PM i been chief 4 over 10 years i would get an out of town lawyer
Frikkie van der Merwe Frikkie van der Merwe Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:35:52 PM with due respect The cop clearly had a ego problem
Kenneth James DuPlooy Kenneth James DuPlooy Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:57:28 PM Abuse of power. An embarrassment to the people who save lives. What if it his relative. Would he have acted in that way??? He must be fired! If i recall a similar incident in South Africa not too long ago.
Kenneth Kaftan Kenneth Kaftan Friday, March 28, 2014 7:03:26 AM Doesn't look like the Chief fastened his seatbelt before driving off....
Roger Hargrave Roger Hargrave Friday, March 28, 2014 11:22:15 AM If the Officer is not held accountable and arrested for breaking State Law, Citizens will know the Local Authorities are Corrupt & Oath Breakers.
Stephen Morrison Stephen Morrison Tuesday, April 01, 2014 6:23:39 PM Jim Walsh , First Responders are not Always scene command. It depends on what , where and when. However, handcuffing a responder does not solve the problem. Stuart said it best "same team". Also your tone and language takes awy from any valid point you were trying to make..
Stephen Morrison Stephen Morrison Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:47:13 AM Jim Walsh??? What is your problem? Using language like yours , gets no traction. Using the F Bomb just turns off any meaningful thought you may have had. And you are very wrong, first responders are not automatic Scene Command. It comes down to who, what and where. But from your Facebook page, I can understand.

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