Braden Joplin (left), a volunteer for Ben Carson, was 25-years-old.
Braden Joplin (left), a volunteer for Ben Carson, was 25-years-old.

Yesterday we received sad news from the campaign trail that a campaign volunteer with Dr. Ben Carson, Braden Joplin, died from injuries sustained during car accident while heading to a campaign event.

A van transporting three campaign volunteers and a Carson campaign employee hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle in Cass County. Joplin was transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. The other passengers — Drew McCall, a field director for the campaign, and volunteers Aaron Ohnemus and Ryan Patrick Shellooe were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital and later released.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center said Joplin died at 4:30p on Tuesday afternoon.

Carson cancelled his campaign events and headed to Omaha to be with Joplin’s family, he released the following statement:

One of the precious few joys of campaigning is the privilege of meeting bright young men and women who are so enthusiastic about their country that they will freely give of their time and energy to work on its behalf. America lost one of those bright young men today. I had the privilege of knowing Braden Joplin personally, and am filled with a deep and profound sadness at his passing. While we mourn this profound loss, I am thankful that our other campaign colleagues, Drew McCall, Aaron Ohnemus and Ryan Patrick Shellooe, have all been treated and released from the hospital.

A presidential candidate asks a lot of his or her volunteers, working long hours in the cold, under-appreciated. They are the unsung heroes of the political process. The outpouring of support for Braden and his family from fellow candidates, as well as their staffs and volunteers, demonstrates that life will always transcend politics, and I thank them for their kind words. Please continue to keep Braden’s family and friends in your prayers as they struggle through this difficult time.

Even after more than 30 years experience counseling parents and family members in the most difficult of times, it never gets easier. But I find solace in the knowledge of God’s redeeming grace, and I pray that Braden’s family finds comfort in the mercy of the Lord. Across America today, I ask everyone to take a moment to reflect on the preciousness of life and remember and honor the memory of Braden Joplin.

Candidates on both sides of the aisle responded to the news:

Ted Cruz retweeted Jake Tapper’s tweet:

On behalf of Caffeinated Thoughts contributors I offer our condolences to the Joplin family and will pray for his family and the Carson campaign in the midst of this tragic loss.

1 comment
  1. My heart goes out to the family of Braden. I cannot imagine the pain. May God’s Blessing be upon You and help you through this tragedy.

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