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Good Samaritan Law scrutinized in wake of officer shooting

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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.

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