Mourners honor slain Indianapolis officer as hero
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mourners are remembering an Indianapolis police officer who was killed as he tried to help a woman being held at gunpoint.
Hundreds of police officers from around the nation filed past Officer Rod Bradway’s casket for more than an hour before his funeral services started Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
A police honor guard saluted the 41-year-old Bradway’s widow and teenage son and daughter as they were escorted into the arena in downtown Indianapolis. The Decatur Central High School band performed a hymn early in the service; Bradway’s children are both members of the band.
The funeral comes six days after Bradway kicked in an apartment door in response to screams from a woman being held at gunpoint by an ex-boyfriend. Police say that man fatally shot Bradway and died after Bradway and another officer returned fire.
Ralph Tobias, 65, said he traveled to Indianapolis from Bradway’s Nappanee hometown with a busload of other residents to pay their respects to the fallen officer.
“He tried to save her and he did. He was a hero,” Tobias said.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told the crowd that Bradway set an example of courage that the state could never repay.
The service will be followed by a 20-mile procession with hundreds of squad cars through much of the city to Crown Hill Cemetery for Bradway’s burial.