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Phoenix officer remembered for his dedication

PHOENIX — Phoenix police officers, family and friends are gathering Saturday to remember an officer who was killed last weekend while on duty.

Officer Daryl Raetz was conducting a DUI stop last Sunday when another vehicle struck him at about 3:30 a.m. and then fled. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The 29-year-old Raetz was an Iraq war veteran and had been a Phoenix officer for six years.

His funeral service was Saturday morning at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria. Burial will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park.

During Friday night’s visitation, colleagues said he was loved by his family and his fellow officers and would never be forgotten.

Police Commander Mike Kurtenbach tells television station KTVK that Raetz was dedicated, would never say no and was always going full speed.


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