A Hero on his Last Run A stagecoach driver gave his life for others.

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A mud wagon type Stagecoach.

John Braden was a stagecoach driver for decades—and a hero in the last act of his life.  Braden was living in Albuquerque in 1896. He was driving a wagon full of fireworks to a parade when a firecracker set the load off.  His horses bolted and headed for a hack containing four little girls.

Although badly burned, Braden managed to control the team and save the girls.  He died at the scene and was given one of the largest funerals in Albuquerque up to that time.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.