The chief was out running errands when he was alerted that a garbage truck had rear-ended a gas truck that was carrying 9,000 gallons of gas, 15 miles away from where he was. Understanding the severity of the situation, Rahn jumped in his personal vehicle and put a mini row of red emergency lights up so that he could rush to the scene and help.
As the fire chief was rushing to the scene, he became an unknowing
suspect in a car chase. Despite his emergency lights, an officer began
recklessly attempting to pull him over. However, as there was an
extraordinarily dangerous situation, with a person trapped, Rahn assumed
the officer was just on his way to the scene as well.
According to SavannahNow,
the Central Dispatch was reportedly “too busy” to check if it was
someone who was responding to an incident. So, the chase continued until
eventually the officer used his PA system to demand that the fire chief
stop. Rahn heroically ignored the orders and continued to where he was
needed, only then learning that he was being chased.
In the video below, the officer’s dangerous pursuit is shown on his dashcam.