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.