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Police Officer Daryl Michael Raetz | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Daryl Michael Raetz

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 8899

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 5/19/2013

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: In custody

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Police Officer Daryl Raetz was struck and killed by an SUV while making an arrest for DUI near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Cambridge Drive.

At approximately 3:30 am Officer Raetz, along with several other officers, was processing a DUI suspect on the side of road when a passing SUV struck Officer Raetz. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene. He was arrested the following day after another officer spotted his vehicle and recognized it as matching the description of the vehicle that struck Officer Raetz. The subject is an illegal alien and was charged with drug possession. Charges are pending in connection with Officer Raetz's death.

Officer Raetz was a veteran of the Iraq war and had served with the Phoenix Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and child.

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I can't imagine my children without their father on Christmas morning. I can't imagine burying my son. I can't imagine raising children without their father. I know people, during times like these and wonder why was he taken. What do we take from this loss? For those of you who were closest to Daryl, take his selflessness and dedication and emulate it. God takes people from our lives so he can punctuate particular attributes or gifts that we have or that we need to share. Not so easy to stomach, not easily focused on, but very important. I think about his humble quiet ways which made him stand out to me. I focus on the example he was to his family and fellow officers. And, I try to walk in his shoes and be worthy of his sacrifice. That is what I take from his loss. I hope I am a better example to my fellow officers and my family because of knowing him. A true blessing.......

Sgt. Gregg Rath
Phoenix Pd.
December 14, 2013

 

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