The joke goes:
What do cops and firefighters have in common?
They all wanted to be firefighters.
They rib each other, but there's often a good camaraderie between firefighters and cops, especially those who work in the same area. The guys at the fire station would invite the officers on duty over for dinner, or let them use their facilities since cops don't have a station to hang around in like firefighters do. It was a professional courtesy and a chance to swap stories.
One morning, my firefighter had just completed his 72 hour shift. He was tired and excited to be going home. At the start of the 100 mile trip back home is a hill, with a reduced speed limit. At the base of the hill, the speed limit increases. As he approached the base of the hill, he saw the speed increase sign and sped up. Apparently he sped up a little too soon and an officer pulled him over. She was new and the two didn't know each other. Although, he was wearing his uniform, so she knew he was a firefighter in her area.
My firefighter got a ticket, which he deserved.
However, this was not just any ticket, but one that would require him to make a court appearance. Not only did she base it on the slower speed limit, but she didn't have an exact measurement of his speed and she put it down as just over the limit that requires an appearance before a judge. My firefighter just grinned and bore it.
There's another reason why cops and firefighters try to stay on good terms when they work the same area.
Guess what happened a few weeks later? As told by my firefighter...
Officer Involved Traffic Collision
There are certain calls that make us hurry just a little bit more. We got toned out for an officer involved traffic collision. Since we know most of the CHP officers and Sheriffs deputies in the area we really hurried. As we approached the scene, traffic going our direction was backing up. That's never a good sign (at least not for the people involved). As we pulled up we could see that one CHP unit had been involved in a traffic collision and that there was another on scene. There were also several more coming down the grade.
Once on scene I spotted someone laying on the side of the road with a CHP officer attending to them. As I approached the officer I recognized her as the one who had given me the ticket. She told me that she had been driving the cruiser that had been involved in the accident. I quickly checked her out and she was OK. The man laying on the ground was complaining of severe head pain. He also had a tender abdomen and pain in his pelvis. We put him in a cervical collar and onto a backboard.
It appears that the CHP officer flipped a U-Turn to go east bound from the shoulder into the center lane and that she didn't see is that there was a minivan driving west bound in the number one lane. The two vehicles hit on the driver's side almost head on.
She was ok, she just had some sore muscles. That's two rookie mistakes she made.
First of all, she crashed her cruiser into another vehicle.
Second, it's probably not a good idea to tick off the paramedic who is going to be treating you when you're involved in an accident!