Memorial grows on fallen officer’s car as funeral plans are finalized

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Officer Rod Bradway’s squad car is covered in flowers, flags, stuffed animals and handmade notes as it sits parked in front of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Northwest District Headquarters.

Officer Bradway suffered a fatal gunshot wound early Friday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a northwest side apartment complex. Suspect Steven Byrdo, a convicted felon who was just three months out of prison, armed with two guns, fired the gunshot that struck Bradway in his side, said police.

At IMPD’s Northwest District Headquarters, Bradway’s patrol car is parked beneath a canopy. It’s draped with flowers and teddy bears and letters from people who didn’t know the officer and people who knew him better than anybody.

“I love you dad,” reads a handwritten note taped to the passenger side window of Bradway’s car. “Thank you for all you have done. I’ll grow up and make you proud. Sis.”

“You gave us the world and nothing can ever take that away,” reads a teenage boy’s block printing. “I’ll make you proud. With Love, Jonathan.”

The officer’s viewing is scheduled for Crown Hill Funeral Home, at 700 West 38th Street, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. His funeral will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.  The public is allowed inside the Fieldhouse beginning at 9 a.m. and seating will be at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety section.