For a daughter, there are certain milestones in life where she needs her father. Moments that fill them both with equal parts fear and pride. Fear for knowing they have to let each other go. And pride for knowing she’ll be O.K.
Sierra Bradway’s father, Rod Lee, wasn’t there to see her off for one of these moments: the high school prom. Four years ago, he was shot six times in an Indianapolis apartment while responding to a woman’s cries for help. Bradway was killed, but his actions saved the lives of the women and children in the home.
On the afternoon of her prom, Sierra went to her father’s tombstone with her date, Brock Spayd, expecting it to be just the two of them and their photographer. But when she showed up, dozens of officers were there to send her off in her father’s stead.
Spayd’s mother, a captain in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, arranged for the surprise visit when she heard Sierra was planning to take photos at the gravesite.