PHOENIX - Three days after Phoenix detective John Hobbs died in a gun battle with a suspect at 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home, a makeshift memorial for him continues to grow.
Now we’re learning more about the man behind the badge from some of the people who knew him the best.
Det. Hobbs' childhood friend Greg Wolff knew him for nearly 30 years.
He said the most impressive thing about him was his character.
“He was always a guy of very high integrity and was doing what he loved to do. And just an exceptional, exceptional human being,” Wolff said.
Wolff said the news has been difficult to take.
“He’s just one of those people that are a rock,” he said. “And I’ll miss the little bit of times that I saw him.”
All day, dozens of people gathered at a makeshift memorial near where Det. Hobbs lost his life.
The memorial is filled with flowers, candles, balloons and posters.
Many people took the time to leave a note of thanks for the fallen officer.
Police officers from all over the Valley also stopped by to pay their respects.
Wednesday evening, a crowd of citizens and police gathered for a candle light vigil. They held a moment of silence and prayer for Detective Hobbs.