Four years ago, Sierra Bradway’s father, Roy, an Indianapolis police officer, was killed in the line of duty. But that didn’t stop her from including him in her prom celebrations.
The Indianapolis Star reports the 17-year-old and her date, Brock Spayd made plans to take photos at her father’s gravesite before heading to prom.
However, when they arrived at the Crown Hill Cemetery on Saturday, she was surprised to find find dozens his colleagues from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department ready to pay their respects and celebrate her big day.
Not expecting anyone but a photographer, Bradway was welcomed by her thin blue family who captured video and photos of the event and shared to social media.
“There were lots of laughs, some tears, but most importantly, there was love,” the IMPD wrote on its Facebook page.
In the video that has received thousands of comments and reactions on both Facebook and Twitter, Bradway can be seen walking among a crowd of officers and getting hugs from several of them. As she and her date pose for photos, LEOs surround them from several agencies.
The Indy Star reports that Spayd’s mother — and captain of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office — reached out to the IMPD and asked officers to surprise Bradway at the cemetery. As she took photos, she snapped one also alongside IMPD Chief Bryan Roach while cradling a photo of her father in her hands.
The department sent her off to prom on Saturday evening, wishing her a fun and safe night. But as for her date, the IMPD added a little reminder to have her home early.
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