$10,000 reward offered in Philadelphia police officer hit-and-run

March 28, 2013 2:55:55 PM PDT
The Fraternal Order of Police is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a hit-and-run that left a Philadelphia police officer seriously injured.

Officer Michael Brady was struck early Wednesday morning. Brady's girlfriend, Emily Resnick, remains by his bedside and says his spirits are up and he is conscious.

"It makes us all just so sad and angry in a way that's really hard to describe," Resnick said.

The 28-year-old police officer remains in the hospital suffering from a serious gash to his head.

"It was more severe than they thought, so they are running more tests to make sure that his scan and everything is still okay," said Resnick.

Brady and Resnick, who are supposed to be celebrating their three year anniversary this weekend, are asking the person responsible to come forward.

"We would just ask that whoever did this, we know it has to be weighing on their conscious; they have to be feeling this, just to come forward. This is a person just lying in the street," Resnick said.

Police say it was just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when the five-year veteran of the force was off-duty and walking home from socializing with friends. That's when a car struck him in the 2300 block of East Cumberland Street in Kensington.

The accident was caught on surveillance video.

Police believe the striking vehicle is a 2010 black or dark colored Ford Taurus, last seen travelling east on Cumberland Street towards Aramingo Avenue.

Police say the vehicle may have minor damage to the passenger side windshield and possibly a dented hood.

The video shows a passenger getting out of the car about a half block away, presumably to look for damage, and then gets back in before the car keeps going.

"We understand there's a shock value if you hit somebody but there's absolutely no excuse to leave someone bleeding on the sidewalk," Resnick said.

Resnick and Brady grew up together in Fishtown. Brady's father is a lieutenant on the force.

The young officer won a merit award for his actions during an armed robbery, but now he is in a role he is not used to: the role of victim.

"He does this work because he truly wants to help people," said Resnick.

She says Brady loves his job. He is an avid runner and keeps asking when he can get back to running, and when he can get back to work.

The $10,000 reward offered by the FOP is for any information leading to an arrest.

"We want to get them off the street. We want to put the family's mind at ease and we want Mike Brady to get better. That's the main thing, be able to get home and out of the hospital," said FOP President John McNesby.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Accident Investigation Division at 215-685-3180.