INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Officer Rod Bradway, killed in the line of duty on Friday, was a five year veteran of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Bradway leaves behind his wife and two children.
The 41-year-old was a decorated officer who had earned IMPD's Medal of Bravery and was recently recognized as Officer of the Month.
Bradway was from Nappanee in northern Indiana. He is a former member of the Wayne Township Fire Department.
This morning, 24-Hour News 8's Dustin Grove spoke with a firefighter who worked with him at Wayne Township and also as a reserve police officer.
"Many people encountered him in the city as a police officer. Those of us that had the opportunity to see him outside knew that if someone needed some thing somebody at work or at home with his family, he was always there. Never asked questions never hesitated.Tragedies happen unfortunately too often but when it's someone you know and you were around, it's shattering," Tom Brass said.
"Being a giving person was not a small part of his life," said Wayne Twp Fire Lt. Justin Sparks. "It was his life."
Sparks worked with Bradway at the fire department and later as a police officer.
"He was always there and he would never ask questions. He would never hesitate. He just went and did," He said, referring to Bradway both on and off the job.
Bradway's service and commitment to the community went far beyond the badge. Bradway and his wife had collected a moving truck full of donated pet supplies and took them to Moore Oklahoma to provide relief for all of the pets impacted by the tornadoes there.
A life-long animal lover, Bradway volunteered many hours at German Shepherd Rescue Indy along with his wife and two children.
"I can't believe he's not here anymore," said shelter owner Amber Marks. "It's a loss for the rescue, it's a loss for this community, it's a loss for the dogs in need, and it just doesn't make any sense."
Marks said Bradway helped with everything from drywalling to rehabilitating neglected k9s.
"He did more work than anyone here," she said.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
Lawrence Police are investigating an overnight shooting in the 8800 block of Pendleton Pike. Police say the shooting happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.