INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 19, 2015)- An Indianapolis rescue dog shelter honored fallen IMPD Officer Rod Bradway Saturday at its new Fountain Square location.
In 2013, Officer Bradway died in the line of duty. He was known for his volunteer work at German Shepherd Rescue Indy.
“The rescue was really close to Rod’s heart," Jamie Bradway, Officer Bradway's widow, said. "He loved the dogs and loved helping the rescue."
Jamie Bradway and the shelter's president, Amber Marks, unveiled the new sign designating a play area for the dogs called, "Rod's Run."
"It’s just a great feeling," Jamie Bradway said.
Marks plans to make the area behind the building into an obstacle course for the dogs to play in, she said.
“This sign is just a start," Marks said. "I want to encourage other people to give in his name and launch other things," Marks said.
She hopes to one day have a foundation in Officer Bradway's honor and give away a German Shepherd each year in his name.
"His spirit is strong and I wanted to honor him in some way. Not a small way," Marks said.
Twenty-nine year IMPD veteran Theresa Redmon attended the ceremony and said she knew Officer Bradway well. She said she became, "teary-eyed," during the ceremony.
“It’s one of our biggest nightmares and one of our biggest fears everyday," Redmon said "We don’t know if we are going to come home from work alive.”
German Shepherd Rescue Indy has rescued more than 400 dogs to date and has had 389 adopted. This summer the rescue moved from the west side to its new Fountain Square location.