By Laura Crosio
Johnston County Commissioners honored Ricky and Brenda Brady on Monday with a proclamation citing their efforts in creating an endowment scholarship that will have a direct impact on county employees.
In August 2008, the Brady’s son, Brannon, his fiance Crystal Higgins and their infant son, Skylar, were killed in a collision with a locomotive while trying to cross the railroad tracks at Herring Road in Princeton.
Brannon Brady had been a county public utilities worker. The scholarship will be awarded to county employees or their children from Brannon’s former department or those with an interest in medical coursework at Johnston Community College. Crystal Higgins was a graduate of JCC’s medical assisting program.
Ricky and Brenda Brady felt it was important to create a scholarship to honor the memory of their son and his family.
“The Brady family is turning a devastating tragedy into a way to help others establish their goals,” said Commissioner Allen Mims.
“This means a lot to us,” Brenda Brady told county commissioners, while holding back tears during the recognition ceremony.