Police gave a volunteer fire chief a verbal warning for unsafe backing Monday after he hit a woman in his pickup in front of a home he owns in Waterside. Long Ridge Fire Company Chief Stuart Teitelbaum, 63, was driving the firehouse “chief’s” truck with a plow on it when he backed into his 64-year-old tenant, knocking her to the ground and dislocating her shoulder. According to a police report of the incident, Teitelbaum appears to have been about to back up over the woman when her 40-year-old daughter began frantically waving and rapping on a door to catch the chief’s attention, getting him to stop the 2013 Chevy pickup truck before hitting the woman again. Although the police report says Teitelbaum told the responding officer he was plowing the driveway to his multifamily home at 32 Melrose Place when the accident happened, Teitelbaum denied the allegation when he spoke about the incident Thursday in a phone interview. Teitelbaum said just before 5:48 p.m. when he called the accident in to dispatchers, he spotted his tenant of several years struggling to dig her car out after it was plowed in behind 24 to 30 inches of snow while parked on Melrose Place. He said that he used the pickup truck plow only to push most of snow away from her car. Then, a few minutes later, as he was backing out of the rental property’s driveway, he hit the woman. “I did not see her and she did not see me,” Teitelbaum said. As soon as he realized that he backed into the woman, Teitelbaum, who is a certified Medical Response Technician, rendered medical aid to the woman. She was taken to Stamford Hospital in an ambulance complaining of pain to her right shoulder, the police report said. Teitelbaum said he used his truck to help his tenant on a city street, not to plow his own driveway. “I saw her struggling and being the kind of guy I am, I tried to push a little snow out of the way of her car. I think I was doing the right thing,” Teitelbaum said. He said that just like chiefs in other volunteer departments and in the city fire department that are working on a 24-7 basis, he is able to use his truck while conducting personal business as long as he keeps his turnout gear and other equipment in the vehicle and uses it to respond to fire calls. He said his gear was in the truck and he was ready to respond at the time of the accident. Teitelbaum said that doesn’t hire anyone to plow the driveway and uses a snowblower to do it. Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski said Teitelbaum told him about the accident and there are no disciplinary measures being contemplated. “I did speak to him about the accident. He has followed up with the victim and he has informed me she is doing well. The incident is being addressed by the Long Ridge Fire Company, based on their protocols,” Jankowski said. http://m.stamfordadvocate.com/policereports/article/Volunteer-fire-chief-cited-in-accident-with-truck-5212562.php