Families of other fallen officers stress importance of support

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INDIANAPOLIS – “Never forget.”

It’s a mantra often repeated after the death of a hero, and for the families of those heroes it rings especially true.

Debbie Laird, whose son Jake Laird, an IMPD officer, died in the line of duty in August 2004, already had plans to visit his grave Friday.

Early in the morning Laird got a call, telling her that another officer, Rod Bradway, had been killed.

“Our hearts just break, it just brings it all back and we just remember how hard it was that day for us,” Laird said.

The road to healing is hard, but Laird knows that Indianapolis is a community that comes together and it helps.

“It will mean so much to the family, just to know that there are people who care and who are praying for them. That will be a part of their recovery,” Laird said.

Spencer Moore, whose son David Moore—an IMPD officer who died in 2011—also knows how much the support means.

The Moores and Lairds have both devoted their sons’ memories to doing good. Every year, a blood drive is held in David Moore’s memory and recently, a food pantry was named after him.

“They’re going to need support and care and thoughtfulness a year from now, two years from now, three years from now,” Moore said.

For Laird, nine years feels like a flash. She stood Friday at her son’s grave, reflecting on his life and the time since he’s been gone. In that time, she said the support has made all the difference.

“They truly don’t forget, it’s just constant support and it’s very helpful to know that Jake will never be forgotten.”