INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Northwest District Headquarters of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department will serve as an important stop along the procession route to honor Officer Rod Bradway.
Bradway, who lost his life in the line of duty on Friday, Sept. 20 will be officially marked out of duty Thursday afternoon. The call “10-42” will go out over the police radio, the official end tour of duty call.
“In Rod’s case, he has been out of service on the same run he was on since September 20th and he will be marked 10-42 which signifies this is his last time going home,” said Sergeant Steve Staletovich with IMPD.
The 25-mile long procession will also pass by Wanye Township Fire Station 81 where Officer Bradway served as a firefighter before becoming a metro police officer.
“The funeral procession will be coming up Sam Jones Expressway and Officer Bradway’s turnout gear from when he was in Wayne Township will be at the intersection with the truck blocking the road and they’re gonna slow down and do a moment of recognition for the department and his service here,” said Private Scott Poling with Wayne Township Fire.
The procession is expected to take about two hours. After stopping at Northwest District Headquarters, the procession will continue to Crown Hill Cemetery. The public is invited and encouraged to line the procession route.
Citizens can also be in the procession. To do so, they must attend the funeral service at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and join the procession from the start. Only the vehicles in the procession will be allowed into Crown Hill Cemetery for the burial.
Early Thursday morning a few families came by the growing memorial on Officer Bradway’s car at Northwest District Headquarters.
Jacki Scott brought two kids, who didn’t have school Thursday due to Officer Bradway’s funeral. They placed a drawing of a police car and a statue of an angel on the car. They also talked about their message for the fallen officer and his family.
“That we’re keeping him in our prayers, and just hold onto your faith,” said Scott.
“He was a good officer, a very good officer, and we’re going to miss him,” said Aiden Powell.
Officer Bradway’s squad car is expected to stay on display at Northwest District Headquarters through the weekend.
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