WASHINGTON D.C. – Thousands of candles burned brightly during a vigil to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. The widow of Officer Rod Bradway sat in the crowd with her two kids, family and supporters. Bradway was remembered during the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil.
The vigil marks a somber occasion when names of the fallen are added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Rod Bradway’s name has been engraved as a lasting memory of his sacrifice.
“It’s sobering, it’s very sobering. You look at the wall and see all the names,” said Jamie Bradway, widow.
The names of 286 fallen officers were read during the vigil, including 100 who died in 2013. Survivors also received special recognition for their sacrifice.
FOX59 was invited to attend the services and Liz Gelardi was the only local reporter in D.C.
National Police Week promotes healing for those survivors, while honoring those who were killed. On Wednesday, Jamie Bradway will have the chance to attend counseling sessions and meet with other family members who lost loved ones in the line of duty. Officer Bradway will also be remembered Thursday during a wreath laying ceremony at the nation’s Capitol.
Bradway was killed in the line of duty last year during the early morning hours of Sept. 20. 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 into 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.