Officer's funeral ends with solemn ceremony at Crown Hill

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At Crown Hill, the bagpiper's mournful sound, a wife and mother's grief.

"The body of Rod Lee Bradway comes to its final resting place. We are gathered as one family. We have suffered a great loss. We have suffered the death of a hero who acted with great courage to save the lives of at least two other people."

The honor guard at the grave site folded the flag with painstaking precision in this city's painful period.

The Chief of Police falls to one knee to pass the fallen officer's widow his nation's flag.

A 21-gun salute cuts the fall air.

Flags hung over the day's ceremonies. Before the grave site service, the 50-foot garrison flag - flown at the city's most solemn events - waved above Crown Hill's entry, held aloft by an engine from the fire department where Rod Bradway worked before joining the police.

"It really hurt to see what happened," said Ann Wadlington, who stood across from Crown Hill awaiting the hearse's arrival.

Other citizens had their flags. Michelle Collins, an EMT, was there out front with her family's flag.

"It's unbelievable the risks. Each and every run, you just never know what it's going to be," she said.

A mother wanted her son there to live it.

"Because officers have families, too, and I want him to respect the law," Aretha Harris said of her sixth grader, Johnny.

"It breaks my heart to see the officer got killed," Johnny said.

The caisson carefully passed through Crown Hill's gothic gate followed by JET, the riderless horse, boots backward in the stirrups to signify the rider looking back one last time at his fellows.