DCSO deputy wrecks, killed in line of duty
Early last Thursday morning, Drew County lost a sheriff’s deputy in a vehicle accident. Officer Timothy Braden, 29, was in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle heading west on Barkada Road when he lost control of his car and crashed into trees.
Braden was taken to Drew Memorial Health System, where he was pronounced dead.
Braden’s funeral was Sunday. A large turnout was present at the Star City High School auditorium with Rev. Don Borland, pastor of Overcoming Faith Worship Center in Star City—where Braden attended—and Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober officiating, at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Reportedly, a five-mile-long funeral procession was present to witness the U.S. flag being displayed by the Monticello Fire Department on the overpass on U.S. Highway 425 as Braden’s body was carried below the flag to its final resting place at Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered the state flag be flown at half staff from the time of Braden’s death until his funeral.
“It is always a difficult day when I hear of the loss of one of Arkansas’ finest,” Hutchinson said. “I am deeply saddened to learn that Deputy Timothy Braden was killed in the line of duty. Deputy Braden’s life was cut short in service to the people of our state.
“My prayers and gratitude are with Deputy Braden’s family and with the law enforcement community for their selfless commitment to serve and protect the people of our state, even in times of danger.”
Gober said Braden was a model employee.
“Timothy was a good young man,” Gober said. “He was always dressed sharp, polite to the public and professional. He always did was he was asked. The word ‘can’t’ was not in his vocabulary. He was a man of high integrity and he truly loved law enforcement.
“To say he performed his job with passion would be a drastic understatement. He was fearless in duty and he always handled business. Braden made a positive difference while he was here in Drew County and, for that reason, I will be retiring the No. Drew 5 in his honor.”
Braden had been a deputy sheriff for Drew County only since February. Prior to his becoming a Drew County employee, he had been a police officer with the McGehee Police Department for three years. Braden, who was a veteran of the Arkansas National Guard and still resided in McGehee, leaves behind a wife and four children.
He was born April 21, 1988 in Bastrop, La. to John and Connie Trigleth Braden. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Veteran Affairs in McGehee and was a former Star City Bulldog. Braden was preceded in death by a sister, Summer Braden.
Survivors include his wife, Alyssa Lloyd Braden of McGehee; his parents, John and Connie Braden of Star City; a son and three daughters, Drake Braden, Mallory Braden, Adilynn Braden and Sophie Braden, all of McGehee; a brother, Chris (Sarah) Trigleth of Star City; and a sister, Tasha (Josh) Dickey of Woodlawn.
Pallbearers were Shiloh Jordan, Mitch Grant, David Wesson, Chris Grider, Darren McAdoo and Chris Austin. Honorary pallbearer was Jarrett Plunkett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association, 1400 West 4th Street, Little Rock 72201.
One11 Graphics, 111 West Gaines Street in Monticello, is selling T-shirts in memory of Braden. The cost is $20 per shirt. All proceeds will go to the family of the fallen officer. Orders will be taken through Thursday, Sept. 7. T-shirts may be purchased either by visiting the store or by calling 870-367-1114.