Hundreds mourn the loss of Braem killed last Thurs.

Hundreds mourn the loss of Braem killed last Thurs.By LAURA Austin

News Review Staff Writer

Troy Michael Braem 61, was tragically killed in an accident Thursday, December 2 at 12:45pm, when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle at the intersection of North Brady Street and West Las Flores Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation.

Hundreds lined Highway 178 and Norma Avenue Tuesday afternoon awaiting the homecoming of Troy Michael Braem. Family, friends, co-workers and members of the community gathered tearfully and with heavy hearts for the funeral procession for Mike.

The hearse as it passed along the cleared city streets was escorted by numerous law enforcement agencies, supporters and other first responders who traveled in the procession from Bakersfield to Holland & Lyons Mortuary in Ridgecrest.

Mike Braem was in law enforcement most of his life. After retiring he went to work at China Lake. He worked as Security Specialist on the Base Earthquake Recovery Project. According to Mike Scott, Mike worked specifically on the South Airfield Construction Project. “He was the construction lead for the site security management team ensuring that the buildings were being constructed to the appropriate requirements. His position required him to work with contractors like Hensel Phelps on a daily basis.

Mike was respected by the firm and formed a great working relationship.” Scott said. “His integration was integral to the team to ensure successful completion of the largest construction project at NAWS China Lake.”

Scott later added, reflecting on Tuesdays procession, “We were overwhelmed by the community support as we know that Mike touched the lives of many community members of the Indian Wells Valley.”

Friend and former coworker Cassie Parsons related, “I was in the procession today. I have never seen anything like it. People were just lining the streets. I even saw people whom we have arrested and put in jail out there. They were out there with signs to respect him. It was unbelievable. I have never been so moved in my life.“

Mike’s lawn enforcement career didn’t start with the Kern County Sheriffs Department, Jed McLaughlin recalls as he worked with Mike at the Ridgecrest Police Department. “I came to work at the Ridgecrest Police Department in 2000. Mike had been working at the police department long before I got here. We worked together on the same shift. He was a pleasure to work with; he was funny and very knowledgeable. He knew a lot about everything and was always there to help. I was also fortunate to work with him when he was with the county (Kern County Sheriff Department).”

McLaughlin also spoke admiringly about how Mike was always really involved with his grandkids. He stated that Mike was always at their games and just really involved in their lives.

“Mike and his wife Kathy, were inseparable,” says McLaughlin. “They were each other’s life, always together.”

At press time an Obituary was received by The News Review and will be published next weeks edition. Services will be held Friday, December 17, at 9 AM at Desert Christian Center, 100 East Bataan. Reception to follow at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

Laura Austin Photo: Hundreds lined Highway 178 and Norma Avenue Tuesday afternoon waiting the homecoming of Troy Michael Braem.

Story First Published: 2021-12-10