How firefighters can win the 'Citizen Jerk' battle

  • Source: FireRescue1
  • Published: 01/11/2017 12:00 AM

This past summer, a bicyclist slapped a firefighter who tried to stop her from passing a fire truck that was backing up. The woman was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer. This incident reminded me of something that happened to me and my crew near the end of my fire department career. We were returning from a call and backing into the station. The overheads were on and the firefighter was spotting for us in the street. A car drove up as we pulled across the street, hesitated when the firefighter motioned for him to stop. He then swerved around the firefighter, passed behind the engine and drove on down the street. As he drove behind us, the engineer hit the air horn as a warning.


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