Funeral held for Phoenix Officer Daryl Raetz

PHOENIX - Phoenix police officers, family and friends gathered Saturday morning to remember an officer who was killed in the line of duty last weekend.

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 followed at Phoenix Memorial Park in north Phoenix.

Raetz's father told the congregation that his son was proud to be an American and that's why he dedicated his life to serving his country as a Navy corpsman and later his community as a police officer.

Family and friends say he also deeply loved his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

Residents lined the streets to honor Raetz as the funeral procession traveled from the church to the cemetery.

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 said Raetz was dedicated, would never say no and was always going full speed.

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