Gov. Brewer lowers flags in honor of fallen police officer, firefighter

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Daryl Raetz (L) and Bradley Harper. By Andrew Michalscheck Daryl Raetz (L) and Bradley Harper. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered that all state flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Sunday in honor of fallen Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz and fallen Phoenix firefighter Bradley Harper.

In a statement released late Sunday morning, Brewer said that she was deeply saddened that Harper and Raetz lost their lives in the line of duty.

“No words of mine can ease sorrow this deep for the family and friends of these two men, nor the brothers and sisters in uniform who served alongside them. But we can hold high their memory – and in so doing honor the service and sacrifice of those who daily risk their lives on behalf of ours,” said Brewer.

Brewer added that she is praying for Raetz, Harper, and their families, and asked that all Arizona residents “do the same.”

Harper, 23, died while fire crews were responding to a mulch fire at a business in southwest Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.

While on scene, Harper was pinned between an ambulance and a fire truck.

Emergency crews were eventually able to free Harper and rush him to a local hospital, but he ultimately lost his life.

Raetz, 29, died early Sunday morning while investigating a DUI.

Raetz and other officers were processing the driver when a second vehicle struck Raetz and then drove off.

Police said the vehicle that hit Raetz was a lifted, larger model SUV. The vehicle was a dark color, and is possibly a 2004 to 2007 Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator.

Silent Witness is offering a $5,000 reward in the case.

Anyone with any information can call 480-WITNESS.