For more than 20 years, North Merrick Fire chief James Allen has been responding to emergencies, and saving lives.

Never once has he been punished for his heroic efforts, that is... until now.

Responding to a crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway Wednesday morning, Allen was given a ticket for blocking the right lane of traffic with his department SUV.

"He stopped me from going to take care of the patient and asked me for license and registration," Allen told PIX 11 News. " I immediately gave him my license out of my pocket went and took care of the patient."

The woman in this car was seriously injured. Her vehicle was in the center lane of the parkway, the same lane the trooper stopped in.

"There was no reason for anyone to be coming on either side of us, the conditions were too dangerous," said Allen.

Ironically, a new law was recently passed to protect emergency responders, requiring motorists to move over one lane when they see flashing lights.

"It was one of his fellow troopers that got killed and that's what the law was made for," said Allen.

So far, state police aren't backing off, Allen is due in court next month, and it will be up to a judge to decide who made the right call.