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PHOENIX -

The Phoenix Fire community is mourning the loss of one of its own.

A young firefighter died after getting pinned Saturday night between two emergency vehicles at a fire scene.

Brad Harper worked at Fire Station 21.

Sunday people remembered the fallen fire fighter. People who knew him say he was a kind hearted soul and did what he loved to do: serve his community.

What started as a mulch fire Saturday afternoon, quickly turned tragic.

23-year-old Phoenix firefighter Brad Harper was pinned between two emergency response vehicles.

Harper was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition.

"One of those situations where it hits you in the gut. It's like a family member that's gone down. The love you have for the people you work with is not really describable by words, it's just a bond," said Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Kahn.

Harper died at the hospital.

Later, dozens of fire crews from across the valley gathered as he body was taken away.

"This doesn't go away, it's forever. So, as much as we can surround this group, this small public safety community, the better off they will be," said Kahn.

Officials say Harper was moving equipment to fight the mulch fire when a vehicle crushed him.

Kahn says the department is concerned for the firefighter who was driving that vehicle.

"A lot of us will go to church today and pray for him and his family as well and I can tell you right now he won't ever get over this," said Kahn.

Harper worked for the Phoenix Fire Department for two years and about six months ago he got married.

"We are going to honor these individuals for the coming weeks and the family of the fallen will never ever be forgotten in the city of Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

At Harper's Fire Station 21, the American flag is lowered at half staff and a single balloon read "You will be missed."


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