Police Officers Surprise Fallen Cop's Daughter With Prom Send-Off

by Meredith Bland
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Dozens of officers met to celebrate Sierra Bradway at her father’s grave

Bad news comes and goes so quickly these days, it can be easy to forget some tragedies after a few months, let alone a few years. But a group of police officers in Indianapolis took the time to honor an officer killed four years ago by surprising his daughter at his gravesite, where she was taking some photos before going to prom.

In 2013, Officer Rod Bradway was killed by a man who had been holding a woman and her baby hostage for three hours in an apartment. Bradway forced his way in after hearing the woman scream for help, and the suspect shot him in his side. Officer Bradway, who was 41-years-old, died a short time later at a local hospital. His daughter, Sierra, was 13 at the time.

Three and a half years later, Sierra was getting ready to go to prom. She made plans with her date, Brock Spayd, to take some pre-prom photos at her her father’s grave so that he would still be able to be a part of her day. When Spayd’s mother, who is a captain at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, learned that, she asked the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) to surprise Sierra at the cemetery.

They came through in spades.

When Sierra and Brock arrived at her father’s grave, dozens of officers from multiple agencies, as well as IMPD Chief Bryan Roach, were there to welcome them.

The department posted a video of the event on their Facebook page, and we are warning you, you are absolutely not going to be able to handle it.

In the video, Sierra is clearly shocked to see the lines of officers there to celebrate her and her father. “There were a lot of laughs, some tears, but most importantly, there was love,” wrote the department in a caption on the video. “Sierra,” they added, “we know your father is smiling from heaven. Know that your Blue Line Family will always be here for you!”

Kudos to those men and women for giving Sierra a day she will never forget, and for reminding us that while heroes like Rod Bradway may be gone, they will never, ever be forgotten.