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Nappanee Community remembers local man killed in Indianapolis


A Michiana Community is in mourning.  NorthWood High School Graduate, Rod Bradway, was killed while on duty as an Indianapolis Police Officer.  He leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter. 

Bradway was well known in Nappanee.  Friday night The Nappanee community bowed their heads to remember him.  They thought back on the man's life just before the NorthWood High School Football game.  Bradway's old jersey, number 12, sat on the sidelines.

Former NorthWood HS Football Assistant Coach Rich Dodson said, "He was a big part of the NorthWood Football Family."

In fact what a lot of people remember about Rod is his strength as a kicker is when he kicked a game winning, record breaking field goal.  "with four seconds left we lined up to kick a long field goal and it was about 50 or 51 yards not too many people in the stands were probably confident he would kick it but it was memorable in a sense that when he kicked it he probably could have made a 60 yard field goal that night," said Dodson.

But Bradway isn't just remembered for his athleticism.  Whether on or off the field those who knew him say he was a class act.  Former classmate Don Rohr said, "He's a stand up guy.  You wouldn't find a better guy in the community then Rod."  Team Doctor Robert Abel said, "he was a very outstanding person."

Abel added that Bradway never worried about himself.  "He was helping others.  That was his way of doing things.  That was life for him."

That's why no one is surprised that his life ended while he was trying to help someone else.  "I'm not surprised at all, he was like I said a good hearted man." said Rohr.  Dodson said, "he was willing to give up himself and obviously unfortunately today he gave all he could give."


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