Brady Displays Signs of Encouragement

By Max Resnik

December 17, 2011 Updated Dec 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – During a visit with Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady, who was shot in the face Thursday morning, Waterloo Town Marshal Jay Oberholtzer says Brady showed some encouraging signs.

Friday, Oberholtzer paid a visit to Brady who remains in serious but stable condition. Oberholtzer told Brady he expected to see him for his 10 o’clock shift.

“I just told him, “So I expect to see you at 10 o’clock tonight.” And all of the sudden, I get this reaction. He looks over at me and his legs started moving, his arms started moving and it’s almost like he wanted to – if he could – laugh.”

It is one of the more positive pieces to come out of this story. Brady was shot in the face Thursday morning when responding to a call that two people, 41-year-old Ralph Hardiek and 33-year-old Julie King, needed help.

When Brady approached the two near 3 a.m. Thursday in Waterloo, a dramatic turn of events took place as one of the aforementioned suspects shot Brady in his left cheek. Neither the shooter nor the motive has been determined in this incident.

Hardiek and King sought the shelter of a deck at a house on the 200 block of South Center Street in Waterloo after shooting Brady. Police eventually found the two suspects. After attempts to have them surrender, a taser was deployed. After the taser was unable to subdue the suspects, Hardiek allegedly pulled out a gun and aimed it at officers. Then, officers opened fire on both Hardiek and King. Hardiek was killed. King, at last update, remains in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital.

Oberholtzer says Brady’s wife Janet, also on the force, has shown immense strength and is doing well for someone who has experienced such horror.

“There's usually at least 10 or 20 people down there waiting to talk to her and express their good wishes and do anything they can."

Town officials and fellow marshals have described Brady as the consummate officer. They describe him as a man dedicated to his job and as a man who is always looking for ways to improve the work of the Waterloo Town Marshals. Oberholtzer says it is Brady’s work ethic and passion for the job that will one day have him back in uniform.

"He's always had a lot to offer to us and I'll just be very happy to see him back on duty. When I said, "Are you ready to come in at 10?”, in a way I'm very serious. I'm ready to have him back."

The Waterloo Town Marshal's office has set up a fund for Deputy Marshal Brady to help ease the burden of medical expenses the family will incur.

Those interested in making a donation to the Stephen Brady Account can do so in care of Farmers State Bank, P.O. Box 708, Waterloo, Indiana 46793.




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