Hundreds turn out to show support for fallen Officer Glasser, family

Remembering Officer Glasser
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Earlier today, Officer David Glasser's body was moved from St. Joseph's Hospital to the Maricopa Medical Examiner's office.
 
People lined up to pay tribute to the fallen officer while fellow service men and women lined the streets and firefighters raised a flag.
 
Several of Glasser's fellow officers led the way as the procession made its way through Central Phoenix.
 
Officer Glasser was killed responding to a burglary call Wednesday.
 
The suspect who shot him was also killed.
 
Today the community came together and showed support for fallen officer David Glasser and his family by hosting a benefit car wash.
 
Hundreds of people showed up.
 
Some people didn't know officer Glasser while others trained with him in the academy.
 
Fox 10’s Courtney Griffin has more on this story.
 
“Every time we lose a police officer it hurts all of us,” said Sgt. Rich Stringer. “It doesn't really matter what agency they work for and this one is especially painful because I trained him in the police academy.”
 
Glendale Police SGT. Rich Stringer's department put this benefit car wash together today to help raise money for fallen Phoenix Officer David Glasser's family.
 
Stringer knew Glasser very well.
 
“David was one of those special people who always had a smile on his face, was always happy,” Stringer said. “And everything I've heard since the academy as he served the Phoenix community has been nothing but positive; he did a really good job, he was really well liked and is definitely going to be missed.”
 
“It's literally like a hole in my heart,” said Eddie Rogers, who graduated from the police academy with Glasser. 
 
“You have in the back of your mind it could happen, but you never think it's going to happen to you,” Rogers continued. “We never thought it would happen to any of our classmates.”
 
He says Officer Glasser was not only the tallest, but also funniest person in class.
 
“David was not that much of a runner, so when we would go out to our class runs out to South Mountain David didn't enjoy that too much, but he had fun, he made sure that everyone else laughed while we ran, even though he didn't care for it he made sure that we all enjoyed it,” Rogers said. 
 
Hundreds of people helped show their support for the Glasser family by waiting in this line to get their car washed.
 
“It gives me chills, showing the support from the community for an officer it kind of choke me up a little bit.”
 
“I've been emotional since it happened, I sit here and I look around and I can't believe it,” said Paula Brill, the mother of a police officer. “I would sit here for hours if I had to, it doesn't make a difference.”
 
Not only re they raising money through this car wash, they're also selling these shirts that were just made yesterday for $20 apiece.  
 
“Just to know the community is behind you, I mean you know they are, but to see it makes a world of difference,” says Danielle Murphy, fallen officer Travis Murphy’s widow.
 
This scene is all too familiar for Danielle Murphy, widow of Phoenix Police Officer Travis Murphy who was killed in the line of duty six years ago.
 
“I still am sick to my stomach every time I think about especially knowing there are two more kids and another wife and that the City of Phoenix and all of these brothers and sisters in blue that their world is shattered again. And it brings me back to that moment again and it's absolutely heartbreaking.”
 
She says events like this car wash help the healing process.
 
“They’re not alone,” says Murphy. “I know it's going to be a rough road ahead, but I hope they know that they are supported and loved and that we're all behind them.
 
The money raised from today's car wash goes toward the Phoenix Police Foundation to benefit the Glasser family.

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