NewsPublic Affairs / September 24, 2013

City Prepares To Say Goodbye To Officer Bradway

Sam Klemet
City Prepares To Say Goodbye To Officer Bradway

Indianapolis will say goodbye to one of its heroes this week.

Officer Rod Bradway will be laid to rest, Thursday, and the Indianapolis community will come out to honor his life with memorials around the city, including at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Joe Hamer is with the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police Critical Incident Memorial Team and helping organize the events.

He says such occasions are done to remind people of the sacrifices Bradway made and to bring comfort to those who knew him.

"For those of us that are part of this team it's an unfortunate privledge and honor," said Hamer.  "It's unfortunate how we come together and how we come here, but yet it's our privledge and honor to pay tribute to this officer.  It's our privledge and honor to be here for this family and to support them not just until the day of the funeral, but from here on out.  We are here to support them."

Bradway was shot and killed Friday morning while saving a woman held hostage in an Indianapolis apartment.

"It's the job.  This is a job not for anybody," said Hamer.  "The job picks them.  They stay in it. They love it. They embrace it.  This is a family. This is definitely a family."

There will be a viewing for Officer Bradway Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Crown Hill Funeral Home, starting with a flag presentation.

Bradway’s funeral will begin Thursday at 11 a.m at the Fieldhouse with burial afterwards in the Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety section.




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