Statement from Vice Mayor Bill Gates Re: Officer Raetz and Firefighter Harper

May 19, 2013

"Public safety is the number one priority in our city and we are fortunate to have one of the finest police departments, and finest fire departments, in the country.  It is on days like this that we are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice some of our women and men make as they protect our community.   It is truly a sad day when we must say goodbye to two of our finest.  I ask that you keep their families in your thoughts and prayers today."

-- Vice Mayor Bill Gates