O'Briens, Delgados reunite at Kings game

Less than a week after a selfless and courageous Jesus Delgado rescued 4-year-old Grady O’Brien, the brother of 6-year-old Brendan O’Brien, a member of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ Mite B2 team, from a kidnapping attempt near the boys’ home in Westchester, the two families reunited on Monday at Staples Center to take in the Los Angeles Kings-Montreal Canadiens game.

On an evening made possible by the Kings, the Delgados and O’Briens watched L.A. skate to a 2-1 victory over the Habs, and afterwards were afforded the opportunity to meet Kings forwards Kyle Clifford and Anze Kopitar and defenseman Alec Martinez.

“It was great to spend some time with Jesus,” said Tom O’Brien, the father of Brendan and Grady. “We hadn’t really gotten the chance to get to know him at all, and he really is one of the nicest and most humble guys I’ve ever met. 

“My wife (Geneva) and I asked him if there’s anything at all we can do for him, and he just kept saying that just seeing our family all together was enough to make him happy.”

Tom added that Delgado said the entire experience has him and his wife thinking about having a second child, and that he hopes for a boy just like Brendan or Grady. 

“Such a great guy,” said Tom, who was interviewed along with Delgado during the game by Alex Curry of Fox Sports West.

The Kings were more than willing to host the two families in the spirit of community togetherness.

“We just wanted to find a way to say thank you and honor Jesus for his heroic actions in helping the O’Brien family last week,” said James Cefaly, the Kings’ senior director of community relations and fan development. “Having all of them out to a game as our guests and introducing them to a few of our players was the least we could do.

“With the O’Briens being immediate members of our local hockey family - and great Kings fans - we wanted to thank Jesus for his selfless and heroic actions.”

Brendan, who was also lauded a hero for screaming as he ran home to alert Tom of the potential kidnapping, also took home a puck autographed by Kopitar.

“It was a great experience from beginning to end,” said Tom. “The boys were so exhausted they were asleep in the car before we made it onto the 110.”

Within hours of the kidnapping attempt, the Moms of Westchester and Playa del Rey’s Facebook launched a “Hero Reward” page on GoFundMe.com for Delgado, who has a 4-year-old daughter suffering from severe heart and brain complications.

To make a donation - all proceeds will benefit Delgado and his family - visit http://www.gofundme.com/jesus--westchester-hero.

Thanks in part to the generous and tight-knit Jr. Kings family, the fund has raised over $25,000 in less than a week.