Fallen Officers for the Month of May
Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on May 19, 2013, Officer Daryl Raetz, #8899 and his partner were finishing the processing of the scene from a DUI stop in the area of 51st Avenue and Cambridge. At that time, Officer Raetz was struck by another vehicle, which was traveling northbound on 51st Avenue. Officer Raetz was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Officer Raetz was 29-years-old and had been with the department for approximately six years. He was assigned to the 81K squad in the Maryvale Precinct. He was also a military veteran. Officer Raetz leaves behind a wife and young child.
Detectives are still searching for the suspect and suspect vehicle, which fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a dark colored large SUV. It is possibly a dark gray or green 2004 to 2007 Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator. Their may be some primer to the rear area of the vehicle. The rear window is believed to be tinted. In addition, the vehicle has oversized chrome rims and fog lights.
Anyone who may have information concerning who or where the suspect is, or where the vehicle may be is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602- 262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
This was a tragic day for the Public Safety Team, which serves the city of Phoenix. In less than 12 hours, Phoenix Firefighter Bradley Harper, a 23-year-old husband and two year member of the Phoenix Fire Department and Officer Raetz both died in the line of duty. Firefighter Harper died as the result of a tragic accident at the scene of a fire. Both men lost their lives doing what they loved, serving our community. The entire community mourns their loss with the Public Safety Family.
On May 4, 1984, Officer Robert L. Polmanteer #3549 was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a van at 3700 E. Thomas Road.
Officer Polmanteer was 37 years old and had been a police officer for fifteen years, five of which were with Phoenix.
He is survived by his wife and three children, including his daughter Charmane, who would later join the Phoenix Police Department.
On May 27, 1988, Officer Kenneth L. Collings #3855 was fatally shot while working off-duty at a bank located at 2105 W. McDowell Road. Kenneth confronted two robbery suspects, one of which was able to shoot him and escape. Officer Collings died a few hours later. One suspect was arrested, while the other escaped to Mexico. The outstanding suspect was arrested by Mexican officials twelve years later after being wounded in a shoot out with police. The suspect was extradited to U.S., stood trial and was convicted.
Officer Collings was 32 years old and had been an officer for eight years. He is survived by his parents.
On May 7, 1977, Sergeant David “Marty” Keiffer #2014 was seriously injured in a traffic collision when a drunk driver struck his car at 16th Street and McDowell Road. As a result of his injuries, Sergeant Keiffer was rendered a quadriplegic.
He continued to work for the department until retiring on September 13, 1991.
On May 21, 1997, he died after succumbing to the injuries he had received 20 years earlier.
Sergeant Kieffer was 53 years old and survived by his wife and children.
On May 10, 2004, Officer Don R. Schultz #4410 was searching for evidence in the Arizona Canal at 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road with other members of the Phoenix Police Department’s Dive Team. Don came loose from his tender line and was found lodged in a canal gate and freed by other members of the Dive Team. He was hospitalized and passed away two days later.
He was 43 years old and had been an officer for almost 20 years.
He is survived by his wife.
On May 10, 2005, Officer David Uribe #4276 made a traffic stop at 3400 W. Cactus Road. As he approached the vehicle, he was shot by a suspect. Officer Uribe was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds later that day.
He was 48 years old and had been an officer for 22 years.
He is survived by his wife, two stepchildren and 5 children, including his son Adam, who is also a Phoenix Police Officer.
On May 26, 2010, Officer Travis P. Murphy #8474 responded to a report of shots fired. The suspect fled, but a description of his vehicle was broadcast over the police radio. Several minutes later police dispatch received reports of a male who was seen attempting to hide in a or under a vehicle under a tarp at a vacant home in the area of 19th Avenue and Fairmount Avenue. Officer Murphy, along with several other officers, responded to the scene and started searching for the suspect on foot. Officer Murphy encountered the suspect and was shot. Officers placed him in a patrol car and took him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
*Both Officer Haze and Officer Stewart were hired before the days of our current “serial number” system.
The Phoenix Police Department also remembers the sacrifice our K9's have made while serving our communities.
Phoenix Police Honor Guard