Nappanee native remembered as a hero at Indianapolis police officers funeral
Posted: 09/26/2013 at 12:53 pm
By: RICK CALLAHAN
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This image provided by the Indianapolis Police Department shows officer Rod Bradway, 41, who was killed in Indianapolis Friday Sept. 20, 2013 in shooting with a gunman who was then killed. He was a five-year veteran of the force. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Police Department)
An officer places flowers on the patrol car of Indianapolis Police Department officer Rod Bradway, 41, who was killed in Indianapolis, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Bradway died after being shot while responding to an early-morning domestic disturbance. The suspect was also shot and killed, according to police. The car was place at the department Northwest District Headquarters this afternoon. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Ralph Tobias says he traveled to Indianapolis from Officer Rod Bradway’s northern Indiana hometown of Nappanee with a busload of other residents to pay their respects. Tobias says Bradway died as a hero when he was shot after kicking in an apartment door in response to screams from a woman held at gunpoint by an ex-boyfriend.
A police honor guard saluted Bradway’s widow and teenage son and daughter as they were escorted into the Bankers Life Fieldhouse before Thursday’s funeral. The service will be followed by a 20-mile procession through much of the city to Crown Hill Cemetery.