PHOENIX -- A Phoenix firefighter has died after being pinned between two emergency vehicles while responding to a fire.
According to officials, Bradley Harper, 23, got caught between an ambulance and a fire truck as the two were trying to pass each other on a narrow road.
The crews were responding to a mulch fire at a business in southwest Phoenix at 39th Ave. and Lower Buckeye Rd. around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Emergency crews were able to rock the ambulance back and forth to free Harper, who was then rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
“Tonight, one of the worst imaginable things that you could have happen to one of your firefighters, happened,” said Chief Bob Khan with the Phoenix Fire Department. "It hits you in the gut. It's like a family member that's gone down. The love you have for the people you work with is not really describable by words; it's just a bond."
Khan also said that he appreciates the outpouring of support that his department has received.
"For all the people out there that had the kind words thank you for doing that, and thank you all for the support," stated Khan.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton urged all Valley residents to keep Harper and his family in their prayers.
"I ask that every citizen of the city of Phoenix on this tragic day pray for the families and pray for the safety of our officers and pray for the safety of our firefighters," said Stanton.
"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," said Phoenix Fire Department deputy chief Chris Ketterer. "
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Harper has been with the Phoenix Fire Department for two years. He’s married and his parents live in the Valley.