Fallen police officer remembered as great friend

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Fallen Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz was a husband, father and now a memory.

Raetz and his best friend, Phoenix police detective Jeff Clement, met in fifth grade.

"We thought he was Teflon to be honest with you. We thought nothing could stick to him. I couldn't never imagine this day coming," said Clement.

The detective met his best buddy in elementary school in Phoenix and they remained friends all these years.

Raetz was the best man in Clement’s wedding.

The last time the two hung out was during a guys trip.

"I can’t give you the details because it was a trip to Las Vegas. We just went to for a Vegas trip in April for my 29th birthday and that was some of the fondest memories I will have of him," said Clement.

Flowers and candles are on the Phoenix street corner where the 29-year-old was killed on the job over the weekend.

Raetz's training sergeant, Gregg Rath from the Maryvale precinct, was at the makeshift memorial Monday morning.

Rath described him as the guy everyone liked and who did a great job with the department.

The fallen officer did two tours in Iraq and five years in the Navy.

Friends said he loved his job and his high school sweetheart turned wife and their 5-year-old daughter, Tatum.

The 100 Club is giving Raetz’s family $15,000 to help with bills and funeral expenses.

Account for Officer Raetz's family:
Midfirst Bank
Hands Across Arizona for the benefit of Daryl Raetz