Thousands of officers pay respects at IMPD officer visitation
Thousands of officers from around the country, along with the community, honored Officer Rod Bradway at his visitation Wednesday at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Officer Bradway was shot to death trying to save a woman being held hostage in her apartment last Friday morning.
At least 1,500 police officers were expected from all over the country. Hundreds more are expected to attend the viewing and funeral itself.
"It all goes to show the family, the department and the city that Rod's life meant a lot to a lot of people and that hopefully this is just a small way to show our appreciation for his sacrifice and that he will not be forgotten," said Officer Scott McDaniel, FOP Memorial Team.
"As a police department, we're all family," said IMPD Ofc. Billy Erickson. "We feel like we've lost a part of our family."
The community is wrapping its arms around the fallen hero.
"We will honor him. For everything he's done, for everything he's given, paying the ultimate price," said Erickson.
The city gave its highest honor to Bradway at Wednesday's visitation - an American flag, the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor.
"Rod made this city and this country a better place," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
But it was an emotional embrace for Bradway's wife that said it all, a police force grateful for his courage and heroism. Among those who came to honor Bradway were children who know his children, struggling with grief.
"You just really want to help him and you can't help him and it hurts, a lot," said Brandon Hart, a classmate of Jonathan Bradway. "I'm sorry, Jonathan. If there's anything you ever need, I'll always be there for you."
Fellow officers from across the state are showing their support, including several from his hometown of Nappanee.
"It's just showing they're loved. They're going to be taken care of, they're not going to be alone in this hard time," said Nappanee Police Sgt. Brad Balasa.
There were also those who did not know Bradway, but appreciate his sacrifice.
"He died being a hero, for someone like me - a mother," said Zenobia Haynes of Indianapolis.
Haynes brought her seven foster children to share a lesson.
"As they watch other heroes on television, I felt like they need to see a real hero in person today," she said.
And they did, along with hundreds of others, who are now preparing to say goodbye.
Officer Bradway's funeral is Thursday morning at 11:00 am at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After the funeral, the procession will go past the Wayne Township Fire Station where Bradway once worked. It will also pause at IMPD's Northwest District Command before ending at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Wayne Township and Speedway schools are closed tomorrow because of transportation issues related to the funeral procession.
We'll have a full day of coverage of Officer Bradway's funeral on Thursday beginning on Sunrise at 4:30 am. You can watch the funeral proceedings starting at 11:00 am on WTHR Channel 13, on WTHR.com or the WTHR news app.
NOTE: Street closures are expected to begin at 6:00 am and could last until the evening.
Depart Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Northbound on Pennsylvania
Westbound on Washington
Southbound on Holt
Westbound on Sam Jones Expressway
Pause at Wayne Township Firehouse #81
Northbound on High School Road
Eastbound on 10th
Northbound on Lynhurst
Eastbound on 25th
Northbound on Georgetown
Eastbound on 30th
Northbound on Guion
Southbound on Industrial Blvd.
Pause at Northwest District (Final 10-42)
Southbound on Industrial Blvd.
Eastbound on 38th St.
Southbound on Capitol Ave.
Westbound on 34th St. to Crown Hill entrance
S/B Pennsylvania at Washington St closed. One emergency lane will be coned off.
S/B Pennsylvania at Maryland St. Closed
S/B Delaware at Maryland St. Closed
Access will be provided to Bankers Life Loading ramp for employees needing access to the stadium from this location.
E/B Georgia St. at Meridian. Closed, Access point for designated parking on Pennsylvania.
As needed: N/B Delaware at South St. will be restricted when 4 lanes of Delaware are parked with police cars 1 emergency lane will remain open for access to City Way, the Alexander Hotel and the Virginia Street garage.
Civilians wanting to take place in the funeral procession should proceed to South and Pennsylvania. They will be directed to the parking lot at the south east corner (known as Colts Tailgate lot)and will be placed in the funeral procession.
Expect long delays on the streets and intersections associated with the funeral procession.