AG Horne warns of charity scams in wake of deaths of first responders

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Tom Horne is warning citizens about potential charity scams stemming from the deaths of Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz and Phoenix firefighter Bradley Harper.

In a statement released Thursday, Horne said his office has already been made aware of people trying to take advantage of Raetz and Harper’s deaths.

“I am always saddened to see these kinds of scams appear when there is a tragedy such as the death of a first responder, and my office will do all it can to warn consumers and prosecute anyone caught operating a charitable scam,” said Horne.

Those interested in making a legitimate donation to the Harper family can visit the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona’s website.

The 100 Club of Arizona also has information about donating to the Raetz and Harper families.

For a list of tips on giving to charitable organizations, click here.

Officer Raetz, 29, died early Sunday morning when he was struck by an SUV while investigating a DUI case.

An arrest in the case has not been made, but the owner of the SUV has been arrested on a drug charge.

Harper, 23, died last Saturday while fire crews were responding to a mulch fire in southwest Phoenix.

While on scene, Harper was pinned between an ambulance and a fire truck. He was rushed to a hospital where he eventually died.