PROVO — You couldn’t miss him.
His 6-foot-10 frame towered above the crowd on the concourse of Vivint Arena as he walked in his gray security garb. Again, during a skirmish between players during a Jazz game, Gary Trost is a can’t-miss guy right there by the bench, protecting personnel and providing security.
A former Granite High and BYU center, Trost has had a lifetime of saving the day, and seeing him during an NBA game on TV doing his job reminded me of a story he told me more than 20 years ago. He was a student-athlete, newly married and on vacation in Idaho. It was the day he helped save a Las Vegas family from their burning SUV.
It remains one of the more remarkable stories I’ve come across in my newspaper career.
It was 6:09 p.m., in August 1992 on Highway 20 just outside Ashton, Idaho, when Dave and Sheryl Lund and their family entered a Twilight Zone of sorts. Unconscious and helpless in the passenger seat of a 1979 Suburban, Dave learned a few hours later he’d nearly lost his wife and likely other members of his family if not for a 6-10 Eagle Scout who’d made it his life mission to help others.
The Lund family had just fueled up in Idaho Falls. A Las Vegas pharmacist, Dave and his 17-year-old son Dan, were in the front seat with Sheryl, who was driving. Daughters Holly, 7; Jessica, 9; Heather, 14; and Melissa, 18 were in the back seats. It was a Yellowstone vacation trip. All but Sheryl and one of the girls were asleep.
A 3-ton potato truck, driven by a 17-year-old, swerved in front of the Lund vehicle, making a turn to a side road. The Lund SUV was going 50 miles per hour and Sheryl was standing on the brake pedal. The resulting head-on collision crumpled the front of the Lunds’ car, shoving the engine block toward the firewall of the cab. The shock absorbers penetrated the firewall. The impact squeezed the passenger compartment, trapping Sheryl. The steering wheel was pushed 10 inches from the front seat, breaking her ribs and pelvis. Her right heel was shattered and her left upper and lower leg broken. She was fully conscious.
Dave, who was not buckled in, was thrown against the dashboard, knocking him unconscious, breaking four ribs and his hip, injuries that would later require a plate and 14 screws during …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News