By Mike Perleberg
IMPD Officer Rod Bradway was shot and killed responding to a domestic disturbance in Indianapolis on September 20.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indianapolis Municipal Police Department Officer Rod Bradway was remembered as he was laid to rest Thursday.
Bradway, 41, was killed in the line of duty Friday, September 20 when responding to a domestic violence call. He forced his way into an apartment to save a woman he heard screaming for help. A 24-year-old gunman fired on Bradway as he entered the apartment. Bradway was able to return fire, killing shooter Steven Byrdo.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was one of thousands of people from across the state to attend Thursday's funeral for the fallen officer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“No one in this city will ever wonder whether Officer Bradway made a difference. We all mourn his loss. No greater love,” Ballard said.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite said Officer Bradway gave his life to save the life of a stranger and her child.
Some local police officers were among those in Indianapolis to honor and remember a fallen brother. Lawrenceburg Police Sgt. Ken Losekamp and Officer Rodney Markland rode in the motorcade along with officers from Hamilton County, Cincinnati, and Blue Ash, Ohio.
“We wanted to show respect for a fellow law officer,” Markland said.
Markland estimated that motorcade at Bradway’s funeral included more than 100 motorcycles and over 1,000 patrol cars.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said some troopers from the Versailles Post participated in the honor guard at the funeral services.
Governor Mike Pence said words fail when heroes fall.
“In times like these, words can never give proper voice to our sorrow, our gratitude, our respect. And still we must try,” the governor said. “This city, this state owe a debt of honor to Officer Rod Bradway and his family that we will never fully repay. He was one of us and he was the best of us, and we rightly honor him as such.”