Retired Chief Arrested For Failing To Move Vehicle At Accident Scene

A retired battalion chief who stopped to render aid to an accident victim and ended up saving her life, was arrested at the scene because he refused to move his vehicle when ordered to do so by a Sergeant from the Georgia State Patrol.

Emory Leroy Rickerson, who retired as a battalion chief from the Griffin Fire Department, was on Georgia Route 109 when he came upon a vehicle accident. Rickerson realized the victim was not breathing and began administering CPR.

When the State Patrol arrived on scene Sergeant R.S. Jeter ordered Rickerson to move his vehicle. Rickerson refused saying “I don’t care who you are. You can take me to jail, but I’m not moving my vehicle or leaving this patient right now.” Jeter arrested Rickerson for obstructing an officer. The victim survived but has significant injuries.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
  • Greg Russell

    I bet the case gets tossed. Time will tell.

  • mr618

    Another cop who thinks a badge makes him God.

  • firemedic5100

    “A retired battalion chief.” AKA John Q Citizen. Another site stated EMS was on scene. Step back and let them do their jobs. Your former status, doesn’t give you special privileges. But the three different articles I read on this incident, tell me there is more to this story.

    • CurtVarone

      I agree – there’s got to be more. But every article I read said (1) he rescued the woman from the vehicle, (2) started CPR, and (3) is credited with saving her life. Given that I would hope a cop with some level of compassion would be able to manage his “I told to you move your truck” attitude to cut him some slack – even after EMS is on the scene – whether he is John Q. Citizen or not.


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