Waterloo Marshal Shot In Face Nominated For Brickyard 400 Naming Rights (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

May 6, 2013 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Every year, one deserving hero is awarded the naming rights to one of the summer’s biggest NASCAR races – the Brickyard 400 – through their “Your Hero’s Name Here” program.

Stephen Brady, Deputy Marshal of the Waterloo Police Department was nominated and chosen as one of five finalists who has the chance of having the famous race named in his honor. If he wins the grand prize, the Brickyard 400 will be renamed the Stephen Brady 400 at the Brickyard!

December 15th of 2011, Brady was on patrol late at night when he approached Julie King and Ralph Hardiek, who were walking down a Waterloo street. Brady says Hardiek shot him in the face. The bullet traveled through his jawbone, requiring painful surgeries to repair the injuries.

Three hours after Brady was shot, other officers fired on the two suspects after they emerged from under a deck. Police insist Hardiek displayed a gun before they opened fire. Hardiek died and King was wounded.

Adult consumers can go to CrownRoyalHeroes.com to vote for the hero they think is most deserving of naming rights to the race. Voting runs through June 9th and the grand prize winner will be announced later that month.

All five finalists will be flown to Indianapolis to attend the race, and the grand prize winner will be provided with an once-in-a-lifetime experience, which will include delivering the trophy bearing his or her moniker to the race winner in Victory Lane.

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