Benefit supports fallen officer’s family

(WISH Photo/Drew Blair)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Eight months after he was killed in the line of duty, the Decatur Township community showed on Saturday that it continues to support Officer Rod Bradway and his family.

A member of the River of Life Church at 6001 Kentucky Avenue hosted the “Ballin’ for Bradway” flag football and cornhole tournament on Saturday. Joe Needham said he saw the event not only raise money for the Bradways, but also raise awareness of service and sacrifice.

“We just need to recognize [public safety workers] and thank them every day because they’re putting their lives on the line for us,” Needham said.

The money from registration fees and money donated to purchase food will support the officer’s wife, Jamie Bradway, and her two children.

A choir made of students from Decatur Township schools, where the Bradway children attend, performed the National Anthem during the event’s opening ceremonies.

Mrs. Bradway said events organized on her family’s behalf bring mixed emotions, but mostly those of appreciation

“Things like this just mean so much to us. To know that Rod is remembered and that we’re remembered, it just makes us think so much of the man that he was,” Bradway said.

Officer Rod Bradway was a five year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department He was killed on September 20, 2013 responding to a domestic situation on the northwest side of Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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