WASHINGTON D.C. – Officer Rod Bradway’s story was told today during a memorial at the U.S. Capitol.
Vice President Joe Biden recalled Bradway’s heroic actions, how he rushed in to save a woman and child being held hostage. His widow, Jamie, sat in the audience reliving that painful day back in September.
Jamie Bradway was escorted by an IMPD officer during the emotional day dedicated to remembering fallen heroes. Flags all over the county were half-staff to mark National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Vice President Biden remembered officer who were killed in the line of duty. He also thanked their families, visiting with them and shaking their hands.
“We owe you a great deal, we owe you more than this nation can ever repay you,” said Vice President Biden.
Officer Bradway’s name was read during the ceremony. Jamie was then invited to place a red flower inside a wreath to represent her husband’s sacrifice.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite traveled to the nation’s capital to offer his support. He called Officer Bradway a true hero. Bradway was killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in a Northwest side apartment. He is credited with saving the life of a woman and child being held hostage.
“The life he saved, the family he saved and how their family has become so close to the family he saved and how the young lady keeps a picture of Rod on her mantelpiece,” said Chief Hite.
Jamie Bradway is spending National Police Week in Washington D.C. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 86 organized the trip. An organization called Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) is also working with Jamie.
Molly Winters-Carie helped Jamie prepare for this emotional time. Winters-Carie lost her own husband in the line of duty in 1991. She has dedicated her life to working with families of fallen police officers.
“It’s a very long emotional week but it’s a very good week. It’s a huge step in the healing process,” said Winters-Carie.
Officer Bradway’s name is now part of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located in Judiciary Square.