Huy Pham Remembered
A year ago tomorrow young Huy Pham, a city maintenance worker, jumped to his death from the roof of City Hall after having been called to work from a medical leave to receive a 6 month layoff notice.
A BRIEF TREE-PLANTING CEREMONY
Today at noon the Costa Mesa City Employees Association had a brief service on the lawn at City Hall at which a tree was planted in remembrance of Pham. Dozens of his friends and co-workers took time to join the family in this remembrance. Some wore lapel pins with Pham's photo on it. I was honored to have been invited to this short, poignant service and have captured a few photos from this event.
LEECE OFFERED A FEW WORDS
Costa Mesa City Employees Association President Helen Nenadal introduced the Pham family and councilwoman Wendy Leece read some relevant passages and encouraged the assembled city staffers to continue to pull together and keep on doing their jobs. Balloons were released as a symbol of letting go and moving forward.
A GRATEFUL FAMILY
I had a chance to meet Huy Pham's mother at this ceremony. She also spoke to the assembled employees and friends and expressed her gratitude for all they have done to remember her son.
A WORTHY REMEMBRANCE
I'll write more on the events that began last St. Patrick's Day in another entry later today. For now, I'm glad the employees were permitted by City management to plant this lovely tree in Pham's honor and hope to soon see the placement of a memorial plaque at that site in his honor, as well.