I was scheduled for the night shift on Saturday with only one assignment for the day. I thought it was going to be an easy shift. Boy, was I wrong.
I was ready for two high school basketball games at Papillion-La Vista South, but when I woke up in the morning I read on Omaha.com that there had been a shooting and fatal fire earlier in the morning.
I had about two bites of breakfast and out the door I went.
The fire was at pink house at 3915 N. 18th St. While I was taking photos, the victim’s nephew Billy Joe Swiney showed up to see it for himself. He walked around the house telling me about fond memories of his uncle and the house.
“He was a good guy, a kindhearted guy,” Swiney said.
Soon after, I headed to another fire, this one was in a boxcar filled with butter near Fremont.
On the way home from the second fire, I heard about a motocycle accident. It was quite a sight: Most of what was left in the street was the front wheel and a shoe.
All the above happened before 2:30, the time my shift was actually scheduled to start. News doesn’t have shifts, but I do love my job.
I did make it the high school and was treated to a high-energy Papillion-La Vista South vs. Lincoln Southeast girls game.