INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A prayer vigil was held Saturday outside the northwest side apartment where Officer Rod Bradway was shot early Friday morning.
The vigil was put on by group Young Men, Inc at Eagle Pointe Apartments. They held a somber ceremony, attended by many neighbors in the apartment complex, and some others.
IMPD Chief Rick Hite also spoke at the vigil, asking neighbors and the Indianapolis community to let this be a call to action: to open their doors, roll up their sleeves, get out there and fight violence: "Do we solemnly swear so help me God to change the condition of the community for our children?" he asked.
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He also talked about the situation inside that apartment early Friday morning.
“Think about that baby. That child has an opportunity. About a split second. Child's life was hanging in the balance,” Chief Hite said. “If it wasn't for the wise, brave man who kicked in that door. God only knows what would have happened. But God knew. He sent an angel. He sent a man in blue. To rescue a child in need. To rescue a mother.”
"You have to take life one day at a time," said Melissa Boone Watkins, who said she volunteered as a firefighter with Officer Bradway.
"He was a dedicated firefighter who took his job seriously. I knew his wife. It breaks my heart what has happened," she added.
A few miles away, outside northwest police district headquarters, a steady stream of people stopping by to pay their condolences.
One, a volunteer Whiteland firefighter. Another, an IUPUI student who completed an internship with IMPD, and hopes to become a police officer. The memorial on Officer Bradway's cruiser grows hour by hour.
And perhaps the most poignant messages of all: notes from Officer Bradway's family on the inside of the back window.
One, from his brother, reading in part, "Never forget. I am so proud of you."
Another, from his wife and two children, reading in part, "You'll always be the world to the kids and I. You made us smile so much, and filled our hearts with joy. You made us proud! Don't worry baby! I got it from here. You'll always be in our hearts and in our home. Look down upon us and keep us safe from above. I love you!"
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