PHOENIX - A historical marker was unveiled on 51st Avenue in Phoenix Tuesday at the exact location where Officer Daryl Raetz was killed one year ago.
His name will forever stand as a reminder of his ultimate sacrifice.
“I’ll never forget the call I received that morning,” said Maryvale Precinct Commander Michael Kurtenbach. “I’ll never forget driving to the hospital, and the looks on the faces of the family and the officers.”
The family of Officer Raetz was present at the ceremony to accept the honor on his behalf.
“It just means a lot that everyone could be here,” said his wife Stephanie Raetz.
The 29-year-old was an Iraq war veteran and served the Phoenix Police Department for six years.
“He wanted to work in the Maryvale precinct,” said Kurtenbach. “He wanted to give back to those who gave so much to him. He loved this community so very much.”
Raetz was hit while conducting a DUI traffic stop on May 19, 2013. The driver – identified by police as Jesus Cabrera-Molina – fled the scene. It was later revealed that Molina was drunk and high on cocaine at the time.
“He wanted to be a Phoenix police officer, and he fulfilled that dream,” said Kurtenbach. "We’ll never forget his sacrifice.”
Jesus Cabrera-Molina faces several charges and is scheduled to be in court next month.
Thirty seven Phoenix police officers and five K9 officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1925.