I just saw him Monday at George Perles' golf outing. Norm Gaffney played with the Dean Transportation group in the afternoon and we visited at lunch time. Today, Tuesday afternoon he is fighting for his life at the University of Michigan burn center.
Gaffney introduced me to my wife 28 years ago at the MSU at Notre Dame game, George Perles' first season as head coach, in 1983. We've been friends for years. He is a top attorney in town and has been for years. He lettered for a year on the MSU hockey team and his son Ryan played junior hockey for awhile hoping to hook on with a college scholarship. He is currently a student at MSU.
I get the text during the morning radio show, at 3:30am Tuesday. His house in Okemos burns down. His son had left earlier in the night for his own nearby apartment. Norm and his wife escaped but he went back in to recover the pets. I don't know more than that other than he suffered smoke injuries beyond burns to his forehead, hands and feet. He is in an induced coma and is listed in critical condition.
The house was leveled. So I drive home from near Albion and think about how life can change in an instant in so many different ways and why? I pray he is okay, and if he is the family has lost everything, at the moment though none of us want to lose Norm.