If it had been any other night, he’d probably be dead. If he had decided to join another team, he could be dead. If even one thing had been different about Tuesday, he might not be here for his wife and kids.
But like friend Craig Covey said, “The moons, planets and the stars, everything was in alignment.”
It’s one of those stories you just can’t make up.
Tuesday night, Covey, an Orange County Fire Authority captain, was playing basketball with his team in a recreation league at the West Newport Gym off 15th Street near Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
Covey was on the floor playing, his team was up 10 points in the third quarter. His buddy from Long Beach Fire Department, Kevin Byrne, was on the bench getting ready to come in. Neither could see what was coming for their friend Dave, who asked his last name be withheld because it could jeopardize his employment. As the trio’s team dashed to defend their basket, Dave hung back, Byrne remembered.