Thousands attend Ofc. Bradway's funeral

Officers, community members say farewell to a hero

INDIANAPOLIS - Police estimated 4,000 people attended Officer Rod Bradway’s funeral at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday.

Bradway’s wife Jamie, and his two children, Jonathan and Sierra, arrived early for the ceremony, followed by the thin blue line of fellow officers from around the state and nation.

Tributes flowed to Rod Bradway, from his bosses, from political leaders and from people who just knew and loved him and admired his courage and love for the people he served.

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The stories flowed about Rod Bradway -- about his youth, about his life as a husband and father, and about his all-too-short career as a police officer.

Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Bradway was all those things and more, a man of integrity and commitment.

"Yes, Indianapolis lost one of its finest, a police officer. Indianapolis also lost a great citizen. He served his community both on and off duty. And he served it with distinction," Riggs said.

IMPD Chief Rick Hite called Bradway's response to the domestic abuse call last Friday a magnificent act that has allowed a mother to continue living and to continue nurturing her child, even though it cost him his own life. No one in the crowd doubted for a second that Bradway didn't think at all about his own safety when he kicked down that apartment door.

"He kicked down a door to safeguard a mother and a child in desperate need of rescue and refuge, purposely placing himself in harm's way to save the lives of others. But in kicking down the door, he did something equally as great. He symbolically kicked down the door of anger. He kicked down the door of hatred. He kicked down the door of pain," Hite said.

Gov. Mike Pence said Bradway may have been a man of few words, but he did not hesitate to risk his own life to save that of another.

"These days we often hear people speak about finding courage in what people say.  But courage is not found in words. It is found in deeds. Not in what we say, but in moments of trial, courage is revealed in what we do," Pence said.

IMPD Senior Chaplain Phil Bacon asked for peace for the Bradway family and asked those in attendance to live their lives so as to carry out his legacy.

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