INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A picture of fallen IMPD Officer Rod Bradway sat near the altar of St.Mary’s Catholic Church as those who paid the ultimate sacrifice were remembered.
The Fraternal Order of Police held its annual Peace Officers Remembrance Service. This year was especially difficult knowing Officer Bradway was killed just eight months earlier.
Marion County paused to remember line of duty deaths from the present dating back more than 100 years. Families of fallen officers were invited to attend. Officer Bradway’s widow called the service powerful.
“It’s nice that he’s remembered and that we have these memorials,” said Jamie Bradway.
A new name was also recognized, Officer Samuel Irish. He died in 1909 after complication from a heat stoke that he suffered while on duty. Irish was not recognized as an official line of duty death until 2013.
Sgt. Jo Moore, who lost her own son in the line of duty, helped research Officer Irish’s case. She worked with the police department to get the recognition he deserved. Sgt. Moore also tracked down Irish’s distant relatives and invited them to the service.
“It just shows how deep the family is within the police community the fact that they went back and found all this information and looked us up to share it with us so we could be honored and we could be a part of it is just wonderful we love it,” said Brad Irish.