PHOENIX - A Phoenix firefighter died after he was pinned between two vehicles while working to extinguish a fire.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said 23-year-old firefighter Bradley "Brad" Harper was "gravely injured" when he became pinned between two fire vehicles that were getting into position to fight a mulch fire near 39th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road on Saturday.
Harper, who had been with the department for two years, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died from his injuries, said Thompson.
Phoenix fire Chief Bob Khan called the fire department "close like a family."
"My thoughts are with his family," Khan said at a press conference Sunday morning.
While fellow firefighters mourn his loss, Brad's friends are pulling together and leaning on their faith. About 100 friends and family members gathered for hours at the hospital last night, early into the morning.
On Sunday, several of Brad's friends gathered at Community Church of Joy in Glendale to remember their fallen friend.
Brad's best friend Jake Fenton says he will be missed, but he's in a better place. After 18 years of friendship, Jake was at the hospital last night, saying his goodbyes.
"He was a man, he was a man by all accounts, and I'm so proud to call him my best friend," he said.
Jake says Brad looked up to his cousins, who are firefighters. And when he joined Phoenix Fire Department, it was his dream job.
He says Brad had a full life ahead of him. He wanted to have kids with his wife, and travel the world.
Jake is sure his dedication as a firefighter won't be forgotten.
"They're there to serve, and put the community first. And Brad died doing that," he said. "And although it is painful, that's a great legacy to have."