Coming to Grips With Grief, "A Few Minutes at a Time"
Jamie Bradway reflects on husband Rod's life and death
(WIBC.com photo: Ray Steele)
The widow of a murdered Indy Metro Police officer says she's coping with his loss "not a day at a time, but a few minutes at a time."
Jamie Bradway spoke individually with reporters in her first public comments since Rod Bradway was killed last Friday, in an exchange of gunfire with a man who was holding his girlfriend hostage. In an often halting, sometimes tearful interview, she recalled her husband as a "wonderful husband and father," with an infectious smile and a love of racing, scuba diving and animals.
Bradway says Rod also loved public safety and serving his community. But she says she and her husband had often discussed, understood and accepted the risks of his chosen profession. She says he wouldn't hesitate to do the same thing again.
The pain remains too fresh in some areas. Bradway declined to talk about how she got the news, or how she broke it to the couple's two teenage children. She says she's relying on the support of friends and the IMPD family to come to terms with the loss.