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Firefighter Bradley Harper, Phoenix Fire Department dies from injuries after being pinned between fire truck & ambulance. Phoenix police officer died today at same hospital after hit & run.

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NOTE: The City of Phoenix also lost a police officer today. Officer Daryl Raetz was also pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He had been hit by a vehicle that fled the scene at an incident in West Phoenix (scene video here).

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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 the firefighter, who was then rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital.


23-year-old Bradley Harper had just finished fighting a mulch fire in south Phoenix Saturday night, when a fire truck and ambulance tried to pass each other on a narrow road. Harper, who was taking off his gear at the time, found himself pinned between the two vehicles.

He would later be pronounced dead following his arrival at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“When you’re one of us, you really love these people,” said Phoenix Fire chief Bob Khan. “It’s an uncommon bond.”

Phoenix lost two first-responders Sunday as a firefighter who was wounded in a mulch fire died from his injuries and a police officer was killed in a hit-and-run incident in west Phoenix, authorities said.

The police officer, identified as Daryl Raetz, was killed early Sunday in an incident at 51st and Cambridge avenues, just south of Thomas Road. Authorities said the driver of the vehicle that struck the officer fled.

Raetz, 29, was a veteran of the Iraq War, officials said. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. 

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  • Dax Schulman

    I had the great pleasure of working with you and seeing you on calls. I know you are in heaven right now, and I know everyone up there will enjoy your “Smile” just as much as we did down here.
    RIP my brother

  • Fire21

    How incredibly horrible for Phoenix to suffer these two deaths so close to each other. I pray for peaceful rest for the souls of Firefighter Harper and Police Officer Raetz. May their families and friends find comfort in knowing that the world of fire and law enforcement mourn with them.

  • ukfbbuff

    My condolences to the friends and co-workers of Bradley Harper and that of the Phoenix Police Officer.

  • http://statter911 Glad to be Retired

    My condolences to the family and co-workers of the fallen, simply horrible for all those involved. God Rest Your Sole brave brother.

  • Eldeen Gilbert

    Being the mother of two sons who are firefighters, a horrible story like this cuts deep. My sincere thoughts and prayers are for the family’s of Bradley Harper and Daryl Raetz. Prayers also for the co-workers of these two brave men. You are a close knit family. Peace be to you.

  • Truckie88

    Rest in Peace Brother Ut Vivant Alii

  • cappy

    RIP brother. Prayers for your family and dept.

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  • Todd Swift

    To the family of Bradley Harper and the firefighter family, I am sorry to hear of your loss and this tragedy. I am a firefighter for Sedgwick County Fire District #1, in Wichita KS. My wife took care of Bradley’s sister-in-law in the Hospital here. She told me about this accident. I have been watching and reading about this tragedy. My prayers go out to you and your families. I know that God will help you through this tough time. I know that it is hard, but only with Jesus’s help can you make it through with some hope. God Bless!