He messaged back that his remaining two techs invited him and his wife out for pizza tonight! These two kids are about the last people on earth I would have guessed would even have thought of such a gesture much less actually acted on it. They are great techs but not too sophisticated or even terribly mature yet.
But that they grasp their boss might need a little extra care tonight... and follow up with a plan just nearly makes me teary. And really touched my brother. Just the nicest thing.