INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 15, 2014) — The widow of fallen Indianapolis Metro Police officer Rod Bradway opens up to FOX59 about a fundraiser that, this year, is going to help the family he left behind. Officer Bradway’s name will be added to the memorial wall in Washington D.C., and Saturday’s fundraiser was to help get the Bradway’s there.
Officer Rod Bradway was killed in the line of duty last September. Having his name on the memorial wall will let others see it, and know he sacrificed his life to protect you and me.
“There’s special counseling that can only be received at that time, and the candlelight vigil, that I think will help a lot,” said Jamie Bradway, widow of Ofcr. Rod Bradway.
On Saturday, there was a fundraiser at the Fraternal Order of Police number 86 to raise money to get the Bradways to Washington for Police Memorial Week in May.
“It’s a bittersweet week, you’d rather not be a part of the club that lost a loved one, but it’s also really important because I think it helped a lot, particularly for me through grief,” said Sgt. Jo Ann Moore, whose son, Officer David Moore died in the line of duty in 2011.
The F.O.P. and the F.O.P. auxiliary help send the families there. Money from fundraisers and t-shirt sales like this, also help.
“Allows them to not have to worry about the financial component to that, and, we’ll send a rather large group there to be there with them to support them through that time,” said Rick Snyder, first Vice President of the F.O.P.
And Mrs. Bradway says this fundraiser is about remembrance.
“Not just to remember them in death, but also how they lived their lives,” she said.
Proceeds from the T-shirt sales, a raffle, admission and a bake sale will be used to pay for the trip to Washington D.C.