COSTA MESA — His co-workers said from the time he punched in to the time he punched out, Huy Pham focused on one thing: doing his job, and doing it well.
"You could see in his work how much he appreciated his job," said Daniel Jojola, who worked alongside Pham, a Costa Mesa city maintenance worker. "He liked his job. This was his life."
Along with 208 other city employees, Pham, 29, was set to receive a layoff notice Thursday. The Fountain Valley man never collected the manila envelope containing a letter signifying that his job would be outsourced in six months to the day.
Instead, Pham, who had been training for a mountain climbing trip in the Himalayas, went to the roof of City Hall and jumped to his death.
Public Services Director Peter Naghavi had Pham's layoff notice with him when he went to the city maintenance offices on Placentia Avenue to hand them out to workers Thursday.