By Liz Gelardi
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 20, 2014) – One year ago Officer Rod Bradway responded to that fateful call and the screams of a woman in danger. Bradway was shot during a domestic violence incident during the early morning hours of September 20, 2013.
On that morning, Bradway’s killer was hiding behind the door of an apartment. The gunman, Steven Byrdo, ambushed him as Bradway rushed in to help. Police believe the brave officer saved the lives of a woman and child who were inside that apartment. Bradway was also able to fire several shots fatally wounding Byrdo.
A public memorial service will not be held due to the family’s wishes during this difficult time. Bradway left behind his wife, Jamie, and two kids.
“Especially for the first year anniversary, it’s extremely difficult for families and for our survivors and we recognize that. So it is very common that on the first year anniversary we really balance our remembrance with also respecting and balancing the needs of the family during that time,” said Rick Snyder, Vice President of FOP Lodge 86.
Fellow officers on Bradway’s shift plan to honor him with a moment of silence. Bradway worked on the late shift at IMPD’s Northwest District.
“It always seems to be very intense on the anniversary date, especially when they suit back up. They’re going out there to do that same job again that night so it just weighs a little heavy on them,” said Snyder.
Officer Rob Bradway’s name is engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
Bradway was a 5-year veteran with IMPD. Before his career as a police officer, he served on the Wayne Township Fire Department.