TOMS RIVER (VINnews) — A member of Hatzolah in Lakewood was detained by police and handcuffed, after he was accused of brandishing a firearm.
On Friday, shortly before Shabbos, an apparently disgruntled motorist called the police and claimed that the volunteer had waved a gun while responding to an emergency call.
The Hatzolah member was heading to an urgent call in Toms River when the driver, who had refused to yield to the emergency vehicle, contacted police and falsely reported that the volunteer had aimed a gun out of the window of his vehicle.
The driver then followed the Hatzolah member to the emergency, and reported his location to authorities.
When the Hatzolah member was leaving the scene, the police placed him in handcuffs and conducted a search of his vehicle. They did not find a weapon.
According to one report, he does indeed own a gun, which the police later discovered safely and legally inside his home.
He was released from custody just a few minutes before the arrival of Shabbos.
Below is a tweet which appears to be discussing a similar incident:
Anti-Semitism and animosity towards a completely volunteer EMT service is going to cost lives. Unreported is a story from Howell last week in which a Howell police officer ticketed a Hatzolah volunteer Who responded to a call for an unresponsive child. This needs to stop.… pic.twitter.com/aod0FZEefK
— Donovan Presley (@DonovanPresley2) August 27, 2023