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Phoenix firefighter dies after accidental pinning

PHOENIX — A firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department passed away Saturday night after being pinned between a fire truck and an ambulance.

23-year-old Bradley Harper had just finished fighting a mulch fire in south Phoenix, 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.”

Khan also noted that the driver behind the wheel of the fire truck is a man of great character.

“He has a history of family in the fire service, and I can tell you right now he won’t ever get over this,” said Khan. “When you know that and you’re the fire chief, you will make every opportunity available for him to heal, but this is something you carry with you the rest of your life.”

Harper’s funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the
Christ’s Church of the Valley on 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd.
in Peoria.