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Medford High School students honor their superhero


A homecoming parade for Medford High School students was bittersweet, as they remembered one of their own. Classmates honored a fellow student who they said was their superhero.

Between the Medford High School Marching Band and the crowd, was a float to remember 14-year-old Brandon Johnson.

Brandon died unexpectedly this summer.

"Two weeks after we got out of 8th grade, our big graduation, everybody's supposed to be happy, high school, next year, next stage, and unfortunately he wasn't there to keep it with us," said Jay Czerniak, Brandon's friend.

The high school's homecoming parade in Medford celebrated heroes. Students there said Brandon is theirs.

"He always laughed about jokes that you said and never took anything to heart, he was a really good friend," said Trenton Woebbeking, Brandon's friend.

Brandon's friends said he died from a medical condition in June.

"I was just shocked that he could be gone, like he was so happy and full of life and all of a sudden one day he wasn't anymore, it was really sad," said Woebbeking.

More than 30 students spent three days and countless hours building the float.

His friends said the dedication was amazing.

"I wish we could've done more, I don't believe this does him any justice," said Czerniak.

Many of Brandon's classmates marched on the streets of Medford. Some showed their support, while others shared their memories.

"Remember the people that make a difference in your life and I believe Brandon made a difference in my classmates lives, other students in school, he was a true superhero and I believe we should honor those kind of people," said Czerniak.

A parade celebrating these young lives and remembering one that was taken far too soon.

School leaders said this year's parade had one of the largest turnouts in years.

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