Fallen Officer’s Daughter Goes To Prom… And Dozens Of Cops Join Her!

Sierra Bradway’s father, Rod Broday, was a police officer in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tragically, he was killed in the line of duty just over three years ago.


All young girls dream of their prom and Sierra was no different. Saddened that her father was not around to share her special day with her, Sierra planned a special tribute to her late father on the occasion of her prom night. She planned a photoshoot at the local cemetery where her father had been buried. Sierra had planned a small affair with just herself, her prom date, Brock Spayd, as well as the photographer.

The idea was to take a few photographs at the grave site to honour and remember her late father. To her great surprise, when she arrived at the Indianapolis’s Crown Hill Cemetery on the Saturday of her prom, crowds of former colleagues and police officers that had know her father arrived to join her in paying her respects. Officer Rod Lee Bradway was killed credited with saving the lives of a woman and her child when he was killed in an ambush September 20, 2013.


He heard a woman screaming for assistance and immediately responded, entering the apartment where he fatally shot, six times. It turns out that her prom date, Brock’s mother is also in law enforcement. She is a captain in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. She caught wind of Sierra’s planned tribute at the cemetery and she got the word out to Bradway’s former colleagues at the Indianapolis Police Department.

The news soon spread to several other regional departments and dozens of officers rallied around to ensure that her tribute as well as the couple’s prom night would be memorable. A heart-warming video was shared on Facebook. We see a surprised Sierra getting out of a white SUV to be greeted by two mounted police officers. At her father’s graveside, a large crowd had gathered.


“There were a lot of laughs, some tears, but most importantly, there was love,” read the caption to the video that had been posted by Indianapolis Police. “Sierra, we know your father is smiling from heaven. Know that your Blue Line Family will always be here for you.” Chief Bryan Roach @IMPD_Chief posted on Twitter, “Honored to be included in Sierra’s Prom. As our beloved fallen brother #OfficerRodBradway would say “Have Sierra home before 9P, sir!”