PA firefighter charged in confrontation at crash scene

Fire company says lieutenant has now been relieved of duty

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The Pennsylvania fire lieutenant involved in the September confrontation with a state trooper at a crash scene on I-83 has now been charged with obstructing emergency services and disorderly conduct. In addition, the York Township Goodwill Fire Company, which initially seemed to support Lt. Michael Thomas Naylor, has now relieved him of duty.

Naylor was handcuffed at the scene of the incident and released before charges were filed. At the time, it was reported that both sides apologized to each other. The confrontation with Trooper Michael Penrose occurred over concerns about police smashing a window on the car in an attempt to administer Narcan to the driver. Here’s an excerpt from the York Daily Record story by Ted Czech. Please read the entire story for more details.

Ted Czech, York Daily Record:

Another firefighter told troopers that they didn’t have to do that. That’s the job of the fire department, and the troopers were breaking glass on the patient. Penrose told the firefighters they could leave the scene.

“You got to have his face covered up right now man,” Naylor said, the affidavit states.

Penrose explained that the driver was high and they were trying to wake him up.

“I don’t care if he’s high or not,” Naylor said, according to court documents.

That’s when Penrose ordered Naylor to leave the scene. Naylor responded, “no,” and told the trooper to call his supervisor.

Penrose told Naylor that he would be arrested, and Naylor said, “go right ahead,” the affidavit states. The trooper gave an additional order for Naylor to leave the scene.

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