Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Little Girl Waves At Trains For Years — What Happened When She Stopped Will Touch Your Heart.

She Was Clueless

She Was Clueless

Briana Hefley Shepard / Facebook

It had caught her off guard, and for a moment, she was lost for words. She had no idea that her actions or her family’s actions would have such a profound impact on others. But it had been happening for so many years, and she was completely unaware. But now that she knew, she had no idea what to do about it. Despite her best efforts, nothing would ever be the same again, and this made her very sad, indeed.

Born And Bred

Born And Bred

Alrac Electric Inc.

Briana Hefley Shepard had grown up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a native, she had formed a close bond with her community. Her parents owned Alrac Electric, a construction company located east of downtown in the Pearl District. For 3 decades, the Hefley family watched as the neighborhood went from crime-ridden and rundown to young, cool, and safe. But she could never have imagined that this required them to make some changes too.

All Hands On Deck

All Hands On Deck

Alrac Electric Inc.

Shepard’s parents owned and operated Alrac Electric. This proved to be a win-win for her husband, Brent, who worked there as an electrician. But shepard didn’t work for the family business full-time. She made a living as an ESL teacher. Since a lot of her classes were in the afternoon, she worked at the office and performed several tasks in the morning. But when the time came to move the business, it was all hands on deck.

Time To Start Packing

Time To Start Packing

Tulsa World

Fortunately, the Hefleys had nothing to worry about since business was booming for Alrac Electric. And things got even better as the neighborhood continued to grow. But that also created some challenges. Shepard’s folks wanted to expand the warehouse and shop’s space, but there wasn’t enough room in the building to make this happen. So, after 30 years, the family decided to move the business away from the Pearl District. Shepard had no way of knowing that this would unleash a chain of events.

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Alrac Electric Inc.

In 2014, Alrac Electric opened their doors on South Victor Avenue. The building at the new location was 100 years old, but it had plenty of space. It wasn’t very far from the original location either. So, the Shepard and Hefley families got back to their original routine. Shepard even brought her two-year-old daughter, Rio, to work every morning. Now, you might assume that a toddler would find a construction company boring, but she didn’t.

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