Phoenix firefighter to be buried today


by The Associated Press

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell and Gina Maravilla

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:22 AM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 8:55 AM

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Greenwood/Memory Lawn Cemetery

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A rolling set of street closings is planned late Friday afternoon and early evening for a procession of fire vehicles as the body of a Phoenix firefighter killed in the line of duty is taken to a cemetery for burial after his funeral.

The procession for Firefighter Brad Harper begins at 3 p.m. after his funeral at Christ's Church of the Valley at 7007 West Happy Valley Road.

It will travel on State Route 101, Interstate 17 and local streets to the Greenwood/Memory Lawn Cemetery in central Phoenix.

The burial ceremony concludes at approximately 7 p.m.

Harper, 23, was fatally injured Saturday when he was caught between an ambulance and a firetruck as the two tried to pass each other on an extremely narrow road at the scene of a mulch fire.

"This doesn't happen to the public safety family here in Phoenix a lot. When it does we are really thrown back on our heels," Phoenix Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Ketterer said that day.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Harper had been with the Phoenix Fire Department for two years. He’s married and his parents live in the Valley.

Services for fallen Phoenix Firefighter Brad Harper are as follows:

Funeral Ceremony on Friday, May 24th at 2:30 p.m. at:
Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV)
7007 W. Happy Valley Road
Peoria, AZ  85383

Procession and Internment to follow at:
Greenwood Memorial Cemetery
719 N. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85009