PHOENIX - A rolling set of streets were closed Friday afternoon and early evening for a procession of fire vehicles as the body of a Phoenix firefighter Brad Harper was taken to Greenwood Memorial Cemetery for burial.
The procession for Harper took place after his funeral at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria where friends and family honored his life.
"Brad was a loyal friend, a team player. He was quick to laugh, but he was quicker to have your back. Brad was a man that you can depend on," said Captain Pete Gorraiz of the Phoenix Fire Department.
Many remembered Harper as a loving son and husband who loved to make people smile. Fire Chief Bob Khan said Harper always knew how to make people laugh on the job.
"About four months ago while on a call, we saw Brad laughing so hard he could hardly breathe. That's the kind of guy he was. Just a gem of an individual," said Khan.
Harper's casket was draped with an American flag and placed on top of a fire truck that led the procession onto State Route 101, Interstate 17 and local streets to Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in central Phoenix.
Harper was fatally injured Saturday when he was caught between fire equipment at a mulch fire. The 23-year-old died Sunday of his injuries.
Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of Harper.