Police officer caught on camera handcuffing a FIREFIGHTER as he was rescuing victims of a rollover crash on the side of a busy highway

  • Firefighter Jacob Gregoire, 36, was cuffed and held in a California Highway patrol squad car for 30 minutes after he refused to move his firetruck
  • Fire officials insist the 12 year veteran was following his training and parked the truck in a manner meant to shield all persons at the scene – including police – from busy traffic
  • The incident comes after multiple battles between police and fire crews in southern California

A long-simmering feud between San Diego-area fire departments and police came to a head Tuesday when an officer handcuffed a firefighter for not moving his truck as he was trying to rescue victims from an accident. 

Video from the accident scene shows a California Highway Patrol officer arresting Chula Vista firefighter Jacob Gregoire, 36, after refusing to move a fire truck positioned to shield rescue workers and accident victims from fast moving traffic along the side of a busy freeway. 

The unidentified CHP officer cuffed the first responder and put him in the back of a squad car for 30 minutes, according to CBS 8, which also reported that CHP officers and firefighters have battled over accident scene protocol in the past.