GREENFIELD — When an officer goes down, the flags go up.
Those tiny triangles of black fabric, attached to the antennas of police cars, are a small token that point to something bigger.
They symbolize a brotherhood understood only by those who are part of it, and they memorialize an officer who died while fighting the good fight.
This week, the black flags fly in memory of Rod Bradway, a 41-year-old officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department who was killed early Friday while responding to a domestic dispute.
While most local officers never met Bradway, they feel a connection to him, nonetheless. And they put up those black flags to make their feelings known.
“It’s a brotherhood,” Greenfield Patrolman Josh Mullins said. “We’re all in the same fight. We’re all on the same side.”