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100 Officers Attend Fallen Cop's Daughter's Graduation

May 23, 2013  | 

Photo via Facebook/Phoenix PD.
Photo via Facebook/Phoenix PD.
Phoenix-area officers demonstrated the strength of the Thin Blue Line on Wednesday, as a large group of uniformed personnel showed up to attend the kindergarten graduation ceremony for the daughter of a fallen officer.

More than 100 Valley officers attended the ceremony for Tatum Raetz, who lost her father Daryl Raetz, a Phoenix police officer, early Sunday when he was struck and killed while investigating a DUI.

"Most of these officers here today were in uniform, but they weren't working, they were here on their own time," Phoenix PD's Sgt. Ben Kartchner told Fox News.

The Phoenix Police Department provided several updates of the event on its Facebook page.

Comments (11)

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JOHN @ 5/23/2013 4:02 PM


vincenzino @ 5/23/2013 5:07 PM

BEAUTIFUL!!! This little sweetheart has a wonderful memento depicting her and Mommy as members of the law enforcement family, the Biggest and Baddest gang in the world!!!

Adrian Stroud @ 5/23/2013 6:07 PM

Wonderful job! God bless you all.

therookie @ 5/23/2013 6:20 PM

This is the times a person remembers why, and what the job/Thin Blue Line means 7 is about. Brothers in Blue, Tan, Black, etc. hang your heads high, and watch your 12, 3, 6, & 9 o'clocks out there. At times like this wish i wasn't retired. Proud to be part of this family.

Roddy Landry @ 5/23/2013 7:25 PM

Makes me so proud to be part of the BROTHERHOOD!!!!!!

specultr @ 5/23/2013 11:00 PM


Duke Holtzman @ 5/24/2013 4:15 PM

I retired after 25 yrs. with the Baltimore City Police Dept., in Maryland. and saw many things like this one there. It still brings tears to my eyes when something like this is done! Long live the thin blue line and the Police Brotherhood!!

Ron Kaneshiro @ 5/25/2013 12:31 AM

Congratulations! Tatum, love your family picture.

David @ 5/28/2013 5:08 AM

Those of you who showed your support for this family are to be commended. You set an example that all of us should follow and are a credit to your department, community, and the badge you wear. With your support the family left behind will heal its wounds secure in the knowledge that the loss of their loved one was a loss felt by many.

Sky @ 5/28/2013 8:37 AM

God bless them all and all their relations for what they did.

Trigger @ 5/29/2013 10:06 AM

"We few, we happy few, we band of Brothers..."

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