When you’re young and in high school, especially if you’re in your junior or senior year, the month of May can bring many memories. One of those special memories is prom. Prom is HUGE!
There’s the dress, the corsage, the shoes, the hair, and your date. Did I mention the hair? Anyway, your friends and their dates, along with you and your date, all coordinate together the place and time for the photo shoot. Then, you all show up at someone’s house to pose for a huge photo with everyone’s parents tagging along. It’s a BIG deal!
For Sierra Bradway, an Indianapolis teen, her prom night and photo shoot would be a little different. You see, Sierra’s dad was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. So Sierra wanted her prom photo to include a photo with her father.
However, when Sierra headed to the cemetery to pay her respects and take her prom pictures, she had no idea what was waiting for her.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Sierra’s father, Officer Rod Lee Bradway was killed after he responded to a domestic violence disturbance on September 20, 2013. According to Independent Journal Review, Sierra’s father was rescuing a mother and her child when he was shot six times.
That was why it was so important for Sierra to honor her father and make him a part of her prom night. It would be just her, the photographer and her date, Brock Spayd.
However, Spayd’s mother heard about the plan and wanted to do something special for Sierra. Fox News reported, “The plan was set in motion by Brock’s mother, a captain in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, who learned of Sierra’s cemetery visit and called upon officers from the Indianapolis Police Department and other regional departments to help make the teen’s prom more special.”
The Indianapolis Police Department were able to make this moment so much more beautiful when its officers showed up at the cemetery to surprise Sierra. When she arrived at the site, there were two police officers on horseback and a dozen more lined up waiting for her.
USA Today reported that the photos were truly spectacular, “By Sierra’s side in her prom photos is IMPD Chief Bryan Roach. She smiles, cradling a photo of her father in her hands. And in other photos, she’s surrounded by dozens of police officers and sheriff’s deputies.”
“There were a lot of laughs, some tears, but most importantly, there was love,” a video, posted by Indianapolis Police said. “Sierra, we know your father is smiling from heaven. Know that your Blue Line Family will always be here for you.”
What an unbelievable memory of prom! This young lady had the beautiful dress, the corsage, the shoes, and looked amazing. Her father would have been so proud of her. Even though her father was not there in person, Sierra’s picure of prom will probably be the best of all her friends.
Sierra will always remember this precious moment and how really special it was for her that these police officers would take the time to show their support for Sierra and her late father. Through the laughter, tears and love, something tells me Sierra will always have a special bond with the “Blue Line Family.” Sierra’s prom will be a night to remember….through photographs and memories.