Processions for fallen first responders to close freeways



Video report by Gina Maravilla

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 10:40 AM

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PHOENIX - The funeral procession for fallen Phoenix firefighter Brad Harper will make its way along sections of eastbound Loop 101 and southbound Interstate 17 on Friday afternoon.

Drivers with plans to use either of the freeways carrying the procession are asked to prepare for closures, scheduled to be in place after 3 p.m. Friday. Drivers are urged to consider adjusting travel plans between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and to use alternate routes.

At the conclusion of the service at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road in Peoria, 67th Avenue will be closed in both directions between Happy Valley Road and Loop 101 while the procession is approaching and entering eastbound Loop 101, according to the City of Glendale.

The procession will use the eastbound Loop 101 on-ramp at 67th Avenue. Eastbound Loop 101 will be closed between 75th Avenue and I-17 until the line of emergency and other vehicles makes its way onto southbound I-17.

The procession will continue south on I-17 to the McDowell Road exit. Vehicles will then go west on McDowell Road and south on 27th Avenue before entering Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery north of Van Buren Street.

Sections of the closed freeways will reopen as soon as possible after the procession has passed.
A second procession, for fallen Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz, is scheduled to start by late Saturday morning along eastbound Loop 101 in the north Valley. Following a 9 a.m. service, also at Christ’s Church of the Valley, eastbound Loop 101 will be closed between 75th Avenue and Seventh Street to allow the procession to make its way to Phoenix Memorial Park, where officer Raetz will be laid to rest.