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Indy 500 pole sitter honors fallen officer

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He didn't win the race, but the driver in the pole position at the Indy 500 had a little something extra on his car, Sunday that meant a lot to a Michiana family.

Officer Rod Bradway was killed in the line of duty in Indianapolis six months ago. He was a native of Nappanee.

Pole sitter, Ed Carpenter put a sticker on his green #20 to honor Bradway. Carpenter lives in the Indy area and the story of Officer Bradway affected him like it did the entire city. 

FOX28's Sports Director Dean Huppert met with Rod's parents this week and learned Carpenter also helped teach Rod's son, who recently turned 16, how to drive at the Speedway!
"They finalized it with a lap around the track. They stopped at the finish line with the bricks. I asked Jonathan if he kissed the bricks and he said, 'no Grandpa. no!'" says Rod Bradway's father, Tom Bradway.

Rod's parents say they're grateful for the outpouring of support they've received since their son's passing.

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