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Chief wants answers after CHP cuffs firefighter

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista’s fire chief said Wednesday that law enforcement officials have yet to explain why they handcuffed and detained a member of his department who was responding to an injury accident on a South Bay freeway Tuesday night.

CVFD-Engineer-Jacob-GregoirEngineer Jacob Gregoire, 36, was handcuffed and placed in the rear seat of a CHP cruiser after being ordered by a CHP officer to move his truck, which was parked in the center divider of Interstate 805. The truck was partially blocking the lane closest to the divider  to protect ambulance crews working to aid two people injured when a Mustang hit a cement barrier and rolled over, according to Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman,

“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,” Hanneman said . “While we work very well together with the CHP 99 percent of the time, we need to find out what happened last night and how we can improve training and communication to prevent something like this from happening in the future.”

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on the freeway near Telegraph Canyon Road in Chula Vista. The firefighter was detained for 30 minutes in the cruiser before being released.

Hanneman met Tuesday with CHP officials. He characterized the meeting as positive, but he said they did not explain why the officer detained Gregoire or made two other fire engines leave the accident scene.

“We don’t know what was going through the officer’s mind,” Hanneman said.

The Hanneman said he told the  CHP commander that fire crews were responsible for the safety of victims and emergency responders at accident scenes and they would continue to take all steps necessary provide emergency care and transport victims to the hospital.

“We (told) the CHP commander this is how we’re trained to operate. We’re going to continue that and we need their support.  He said, ‘Yeah, we don’t expect you to change on how you respond,’” Hanneman told Fox 5.

CHP released the following statement Wednesday:

“This morning representatives from both agencies met to discuss the incident to improve communication and ensure the highest level of service is provided to the public.  This incident will be a topic of future joint training sessions, in an ongoing effort to work more efficiently together.”


27 Comments to “Chief wants answers after CHP cuffs firefighter”

    Mike Angelo said:
    February 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Another power thirsty d*ck head cop!

    scott said:
    February 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Typical CHP Bully. Didn't get his way and overreacted. Was probably picked on and now has a little authority that went to his head.

    kimmy said:
    February 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Is saddening that it’s an obvious change in morals! I praise the CVFD firemen for continuing to assist in the aid of possible injuries. He is continuing to follow an Oath of public service and not what many police/law enforcement entities have become. Law enforcement for a long time now has forgotten what they were intended for. “To protect and serve” ! Now they harass firemen!! They are out of control! Now days they sit around and do entrapment stings everywhere because it’s easier and gain so much revenue!!!! And when you really need them they are too busy attending another checkpoint or sting. Stop targeting pety crap and look for the big crimes burglary, thefts, and rapes etc.

      PoPo said:
      February 8, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      But that would be asking them to actually work. Work is hard, ya know!

    esco said:
    February 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    🚓 The CHP can't explain, there's no valid explanation for it. The officer should have called his superiors for advise and/or orders, too late now.

    sgdfg said:
    February 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Lawsuit material for violation of civil rights.

    Meeh said:
    February 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Why was the firefighter cuffed? Was he a threat? Smh…seems like the officer didn't want the fireman to be able to use a phone or radio….

    PIG Pens R US said:
    February 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Too Bad the other Firefighters on scene didn't give the farm animal a needed hose down!

    ron said:
    February 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Fucking pigs are out of control!! SUE!!

    wonderboy said:
    February 6, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Illuminati fail. The fire department has people who really use black magic. They use the fire engines to create paths, block paths,etc

    everyone moves, thats how they use synchronicity. the sync numbers 9 meets 2, (= 11) 8 meets 3, (=11) 7 meets 4 (=11) 6 collides 5 (=11) 1 collides meets 1 (=11) and then there are the 9's 1-8 7-2 6-3 5-4… They use time. They reduce the number on the clock to one number, then they stop and go on that number. So they open sync paths and use that to commit their crimes.

    Mark said:
    February 6, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    CHP has always had a reputation for being out of control. The problem is certainly the officer. Fire him – he's obviously and idiot and thinks he should be a god not the servant of the people. The only reason the CHP has had a reputation for years is that the problem goes from bottom to the top. California would be a lot better if they disbanded the CHP and started over.

    Fred Ford said:
    February 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    All of you people calling the CHP pigs are too funny. None of you know the real story. Pigs….wasn't that a term used in the 60 ' and 70's? Go back to smoking your dope at dog beach "pig" haters. Duuuuude

      daveyboy9 said:
      March 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Ah, yes. Another "pig" lover. Go down to the police station and love on some more pigs. They need it….

    Barney Fife said:
    February 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Firefighters work with danger and danger builds character

    Cops work with evil and scum and it just rubs off

    Chris said:
    February 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    The officer should be charged with assault and battery charges. Had no business putting his hands on the fireman

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