WASHINGTON D.C. – The nation will pause this week to honor law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty, including fallen IMPD Officer Rod Bradway.
His name was recently added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. A candlelight vigil will be held at the memorial Tuesday evening to dedicate all the names added over the past year.
FOX59’s Liz Gelardi will be at the vigil. She traveled to Washington D.C. to cover National Police Week. Bradway will be honored at the candlelight vigil and during a wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Count on FOX59 for complete coverage of the memorial services.
Bradway’s widow, Jamie, is in our nation’s capital along with their two children, Sierra and Jonathan. A contingent of IMPD officers also made the trip to show their support. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 covered all the expenses to send the Bradway family to Washington D.C.
The events during National Police Week promote healing for the survivors of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Jamie Bradway will have the chance to attended counseling sessions and meet with other family members who lost loved ones in the line of duty.
Officer Bradway was killed in the line of duty during the early morning hours of September 20, 2013. He heard the screams of a woman who was being held hostage with a child in a northwest side apartment. Authorities say Bradway was ambushed by 24-year-old Steven Byrdo as he rushed in to the apartment to save the woman. Bradway was able to return fire, fatally wounding Byrdo and likely saving another officer who responded to a call for backup.
Bradway’s name was engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. His name was added along with 100 officers who were killed in the line of duty during 2013. Family and friends of Bradway have been asked to wear special t-shirts to honor him during the vigil.