Woman recalls heroic encounter with fallen IMPD officer who saved her

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A Central Indiana woman is remembering a fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer and crediting him for saving her life six years ago.

Officer Rod Bradway was killed in gunfire early Friday morning while responding to a domestic dispute on the city’s northwest side.

When Jonnie Abbot saw his picture on Fox 59 Morning News, she was shocked.

“I had to double check,” she said. “I went straight to your guys’ page and tried to make sure that wasn’t him.”

Sitting in front of the Fallen Officers Memorial downtown, Abbot told Fox 59 how Bradway saved her from a frightening situation in 2007.

“It was Classic 2007 and I was walking from the Hyatt to the party that I was going to and realized that I’d forgot my phone,” she recalled. “I turned around to walk and these guys pulled up in an Escalade and physically tried to grab me in the car.”

What she didn’t know was one of the men in the Escalade was her ex-boyfriend. Abbot said she had just ended a rocky relationship.

As she was screaming and trying to fight the men off, she said Bradway stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road and ran to help.

“When he was trying to pull the guys from me, I swung and hit him and he was like, ‘I’m a police officer, I’m trying to help you,’” she recalled. “It was just one of those things that you never forget.”

As she stared at the memorial in front of her, she couldn’t help but think of how different her life would have turned out if Bradway hadn’t stepped in to protect her.

“So many bad things could’ve happened to me,” Abbot said.

When she found out he died trying to save another woman in a similar situation, she said it “took me right back to then. It’s unbelievable.”

Abbot is a living part of Bradway’s legacy—a legacy she hopes to share with her two-year-old daughter someday.

“That’s his character. He would not have wanted anything else except to help.”

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