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BBQ raises $100K for families of fallen first-responders

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Police Officer Daryl Raetz, left, and Firefighter Brad Harper were killed in the line of duty last weekend. (Source: CBS 5 News) Police Officer Daryl Raetz, left, and Firefighter Brad Harper were killed in the line of duty last weekend. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A day-long barbecue raised more than $100,000 for the families of two Phoenix first-responders killed in the line of duty last weekend.

"We are all deeply moved by the outpouring of support from the community," said Joe Clure, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. "The people of Phoenix have our back and knowing that means everything."

Funeral services for Phoenix Firefighter Brad Harper and police Officer Daryl Raetz were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, respectively.

[Related: Funeral services for fallen firefighter Harper, PD officer Raetz]

Harper was crushed by two fire vehicles while fighting a mulch fire on Saturday. Raetz was struck and killed by a passing motorist while he was assisting in a DUI investigation early Sunday morning.

The barbecue on Wednesday was organized by community leaders, including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, in cooperation with the Phoenix police and firefighter unions.

"To surround these families with support is what's needed right now," said Pete Gorraiz, president of the United Phoenix Firefighters. "This benefit did that and we thank the people of Phoenix from the bottom of our hearts."

The fund-raising event at the Sheraton Crescent at Interstate 17 and Dunlap Road lasted more than 12 hours to include police officers and firefighters working every shift.

"The people of Phoenix know that every day when first-responders say goodbye to their families they're putting themselves in harm's way for us," said Ann Malone, former co-chair of Citizens for Phoenix, the city's umbrella organization of neighborhood groups and one of the event coordinators. "There's no question, we have to be there for those grieving now and our hearts go out to them."

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