INDIANAPOLIS - The funeral for Officer Rod Bradway is expected to be one of the largest ever seen in Indianapolis.
Thousands of mourners who didn’t even know Bradway will show up to pay their final respects and say goodbye to the officer shot and killed in the line of duty.
Bradway’s funeral will have Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers closing ranks, but they will not stand alone.
Other police agencies from throughout the region will not only patrol the Indianapolis streets, but they will also risk their lives in the process.
Indiana State Police have stepped in with officers to patrol downtown and the mile square. At least half a dozen other police agencies will scatter to the outlying police districts to allow local police to attend Bradway's funeral.
"When you walk into roll call and you see different colors of uniforms, different patches, different police cars and they're all here so that you can go to the funeral, it chokes you up. They're coming here to do that for you," Lt. Rick Snyder, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said.
Not only will police agencies give IMPD time to grieve, their brothers and sisters in law enforcement will grieve with them. More than 100 law enforcement agencies from across the state and across the country are planning to attend Bradway's funeral.
"They're asking nothing in return. In fact, many of them have volunteered their own time to be here. They're not getting paid,” Snyder said.
Public safety is a profession where careers and lives are intertwined and heavily dependent on each other.
The other police agencies here will become a part of Bradway’s funeral because they know that IMPD would do the very same thing for them.
At last count, more than 1,000 IMPD officers have signed onto a list of those wanting to attend the funeral scheduled to be held Thursday at 11 a.m at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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