Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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IMPD officer Breann Leath honored during roll call

Aug 20, 2020
In The News

INDIANAPOLIS — Beloved IMPD officer Breann Leath is continuing to make a difference, even in death. During IMPD’s middle shift roll call Thursday, her fellow east district officers gathered as several honors were presented to her family.

US Congresswoman Susan Brooks announced Officer Leath is now in the Congressional Record and presented the record to Bre’s parents.

“I believe Officer Leath needs to be recognized in our country’s history books,” Brooks said.

Brooks then read a personal letter from President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

“Our nation owes her a tremendous debt of gratitude for her valiant service in the United States National Guard and her commitment of selfless service to the great people of Indianapolis, and our country is worthy of eternal appreciation,” Brooks said, reading Trump’s words.

Finally, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network announced a new puppy named “Breezy” in Bre’s honor. Beginning September 8, Breezy will begin working with her assigned incarcerated handler in one of three correctional facilities.

This handler will write Tom and Jennifer Leath, Bre’s parents, quarterly to keep them updated on Breezy’s progress.

“She would be over the moon,” Jennifer said.

One day, the dog will help veterans, people with diabetes or children in school. This means the world to Bre’s family. 

“When she was at the prison [as a correctional officer at the Indiana Women’s Prison], she would tell me all the time that she would sneak down there where the puppies were,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer added Bre’s family is overwhelmed by the kind ways people are honoring her daughter.

“Our family is so thankful for our community,” Jennifer said. “She gave herself to them and they’re giving themselves to us. That’s so heartfelt and we appreciate it. Every single day somebody says something to us when we’re out. They recognize us and they say they’re praying for us and we appreciate that. As a family, we really, really do.”