Officer Braden used to keep an underground storage tank of gasoline and another of diesel on his property. He bought it like any other contractor. When the Y2K hassle hit he was the only one in town who was ready. He had a generator, water in bottles, and anyone who needed it was free to get a few gallons to get them by until the power came back on and the gas stations were up and running again.
Fortunately there was never a need. That Y2K business didn't hit. I was only nine then but I remember Officer Braden. I also remember his willingness to share with the people he loved and protected.
When he retired from police work he took up contracting. If it hadn't been for Larry Braden I would have been hustled off to a youth home when my parents died.
Larry took me under his wing. I will always be grateful to him as a family friend.
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