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Fallen Phoenix police officer laid to rest

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A touching funeral procession followed Saturday morning's memorial service for fallen Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz.

So many people felt compelled to come out in support of the Phoenix Police Department and Raetz's family.

"I'm out here in support of our crime fighters, our public defenders - they risk their lives every day for us," said Nells Rima, who sat along the procession route with his dog.

Hundreds of people, many waving American flags, lined the route as the white hearse carrying Raetz made its way from Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria to Phoenix Memorial Park – his final resting place.

"It makes me appreciate the Phoenix police and the police department overall for what they're out there doing," said Terry Deignan of Glendale.

Laura Raymond came with her family to honor Raetz, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver as he worked a DUI stop in Maryvale last Sunday morning.

"It's heartbreaking," Raymond said. "But, it's just a form of community and just showing support."

The graveside service for the six-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department and former Navy corpsman was just as emotional.

There were hugs and tears shared between the 29-year-old's family, friends and fellow officers as they said their final goodbyes.

A member of the Navy and Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia presented flags to Raetz's widow as officer after officer and loved one after loved one walked by and touched his casket.

The somber "last call" that ended the service hit home the sad reality that this man whose life mission was to protect and serve was no longer here to answer the call of duty.

"This is the last call for officer Daryl Raetz, serial number 8899," said a dispatcher over police radio. "Good night, sir. You'll be deeply missed. Rest in peace."

Raetz leaves behind a wife and 5-year-old daughter.

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