Family of Rod Bradway donates ballistic vests for Kosciusko County Sheriff's K9s

Sgt. Travis Shively, Chief Deputy Shane Bucher, Sheri and Tom Bradway, Deputy Lou Mediano and his partner Neville
Photo courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

Axel proudly displays his new gear
Photo courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

The custom patch from Maverick Promotions
Photo courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

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The family of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Rod Bradway has donated ballistic vests to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office's K9 unit in honor of the Kosciusko County native.

Bradway was killed in the line of duty on September 20, 2013 while protecting a domestic violence victim and her 10 month old child.

Since his death, Bradway's mother, Sheri, and her quilter's group formed A Quit for Mother's Tears, which provides quilts to the mothers of fallen law enforcement officers.

Bradway's father, Rod, approached Sheriff Kyle Dukes earlier this year about purchasing ballistic vests for the K-9 division.

Sgt. Travis Shively, the division commander, researched the proper vest style for the program and decided upon the Armor Express Tex 10 with Gemini ballistic and stab protection.

Sheri and Tom Bradway donated three vests which will be worn during special operations and high risk situations.

The owner of Maverick Promotions in North Webster designed a memorial patch to be worn on the top of the vest carriers.

“I am appreciative of the graciousness of the Bradway family and the opportunity to honor Rod’s legacy,” stated Sheriff Dukes.

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