Fallen officer’s wife accepts posthumous award

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The wife of fallen IMPD officer Rod Bradway accepted a posthumous award on her husband’s behalf Wednesday, praising the officer for responding to the domestic violence call that would ultimately claim his life.

Officials from the Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence presented Jamie Bradway with the award, a little more than a month after her husband was shot and killed in the line of duty.

“It’s an honor to accept this award for him,” Bradway said. “Having him honored was just as much an honor to me.”

“It was obvious officer Bradway deserved the award posthumously, so we invited his wife to come and accept that,” said Laura Berry, ICADV executive director.

“We are getting thru this a day at a time, sometimes an hour at a time,” said Bradway in her first on-camera television interview since the shooting. “Sometimes I make it a few minutes at a time.”

Bradway told Fox59 that if her husband had a chance to do it all over again, she thinks he’d do things exactly the same, to protect the victim he was there to help.

Bradway was killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 20 after responding to a domestic disturbance on the city’s northwest side.

Authorities said Bradway was “ambushed” as he entered a unit at the Eagle Pointe Apartments.  According to police, the suspect, 24-year-old Steven Byrdo, fired at least six shots at the officer.  Officer Bradway was able to return fire, fatally striking Byrdo, said police.

“(Fighting domestic violence) was so dear to his heart,” Bradway said. “And the fact that he sacrificed his life and that was… his last run… was pretty compelling.”
Bradway was presented with the “Courage to Make a Difference” award, to posthumously honor her husband for his service to victims of domestic violence.
“It’s not every year that we present our Courage to Make a Difference Award,” said Berry, “But this year we are compelled to do so. Officer Bradway’s work as a fire fighter, police officer and his volunteer work – all have helped countless people in our community, including victims of domestic violence.”
“It’s truly amazing to know that he has been thought of so much, and loved so much, and not forgotten, and that our family is not forgotten,” Bradway said. “The outpouring of support is overwhelming… it’s truly amazing. ‘Thank you’ is just two little words and seems so insignificant for us to say ‘thank you’ because it isn’t enough.”