Posted: Mar 27, 2014 4:47 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 27, 2014 6:48 PM
NEW ROADS- The firefighter who was detained and handcuffed for not moving his firetruck while he was at a 911 call has hired attorney Jill Craft. It comes after News 2 broke the story and the State Fire Marshal launched an investigation into the matter.
On Thursday a detectives from the State Fire Marshal's Office spent the day snapping pictures and interviewing witnesses. Residents like Joyce Harris were happy to see an independent agency investigating.
"You can't just handle it and sweep it under the rug," Joyce Harris said. "If it's right, it's right and wrong is wrong."
Edwards arrived first on the scene in the 100 block of Cherry Street Monday night. He immediately went in to help Amber Porter who had collapsed inside.
"I was walking to the kitchen and passed out," Porter said.
As paramedics were inside Porter's house, a New Roads Police Officer showed up demanding that Edwards move the fire truck, according to Porter. That truck was parked in front of the house with the flashing lights turned on. When Edwards refused, he was handcuffed and detained.
New Roads Mayor Robert Myer told News 2 Thursday that the fire department in New Roads is handling this investigation internally. Myer said the officer involved also happens to be a New Roads firefighter. However, on the night of the incident the officer was in full uniform and in a marked police unit when he detained the firefighter. The mayor gave no clear answer as to why this is an internal fire investigation and why the police department is not involved.
Porter said she worries about the next time there's an emergency on her street.
"I think he should get fired or suspended," Porter said. "Something should happen to him. Who just arrests somebody? He was helping me. He wasn't just parking his car to park it."
New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald told News 2 this week that the officer won't be disciplined.
The State Fire Marshal's Office said so far all sides are cooperating with their investigation.