Good Samaritan Law scrutinized in wake of officer shooting - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

THE STRAIGHT STORY

Good Samaritan Law scrutinized in wake of officer shooting

Scott Sefranka (Source: Facebook) Scott Sefranka (Source: Facebook)
MCSO posse member Phillip Grigg (Source: MCSO) MCSO posse member Phillip Grigg (Source: MCSO)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

There's a good chance the actions of MCSO posse member Phillip Grigg are what saved the life of Phoenix police Officer Scott Sefranka. 

On New Year's Eve a group of suspected armed robbers was running from police when they slammed in to Grigg's car.  Grigg saw one of the suspects attack Sefranka. Police said he was shot trying to help the officer who had also been shot. 

"What he did that day was truly heroic. He could have been a good witness. He could have called 911.  Instead he chose to get involved," said retired master police officer Bill Richardson. 

Nearly a decade ago Richardson wrote the Law Enforcement Good Samaritan Law after a cab driver died coming to the aid of a Pima County deputy. 

The law makes the person or their survivors eligible for compensation from the crime victim's fund.           

"The cap on that is $50,000 which is a couple days in the ICU.  Financially it could destroy him and his family and their future," said Richardson. 

Although Grigg is a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office posse volunteer, that won't help him when it comes to benefits. 

"For a posse member to be covered by the benefits that are afforded a deputy sheriff that was injured or killed in the line of duty, that posse member has to be under the direction and control of a deputy sheriff in the duties assigned to them by the sheriff," said Richardson. 

Richardson believes more needs to be done for civilians who risk their lives to help first responders.

"There needs to be a remedy.  There needs to be a process so that the state can help him for his efforts," said Richardson. 

Richardson said the sheriff's office is going to try and work with the legislature to bring about change.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • THE STRAIGHT STORYGood Samaritan Law scrutinized in wake of officer shootingMore>>

  • Sidebar: 58th St OIS

    Friday, February 27 2015 2:31 PM EST2015-02-27 19:31:55 GMT
    Friday, February 27 2015 2:31 PM EST2015-02-27 19:31:55 GMT
    3 plead not guilty in connection with robbery, officer shooting (1/15/14) Good Samaritan Law scrutinized in wake of officer shooting (1/12/14) MCSO gives $15K to family of wounded posse member (1/8/14) PD:More >>
    3 plead not guilty in connection with robbery, officer shooting (1/15/14) Good Samaritan Law scrutinized in wake of officer shooting (1/12/14) MCSO gives $15K to family of wounded posse member (1/8/14) PD:More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

    US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:21:04 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:16 PM EDT2018-06-22 17:16:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, cal...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, cal...

    The U.S. is leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley calls an organization "not worthy of its name."

    More >>

    The U.S. is leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley calls an organization "not worthy of its name."

    More >>
  • Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:35:12 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:16 PM EDT2018-06-22 17:16:32 GMT
    Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

    More >>

    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

    More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:16 PM EDT2018-06-22 17:16:29 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
Powered by Frankly