LA County Fire Capt. Surprised With Home Makeover After Retrieving Body Of Ariz. Hotshot Son

CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES ( —  A local couple grieving the loss of their heroic son, killed last month fighting an Arizona wildfire, have returned home to a surprise volunteers hope will lift their spirits.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Joe Woyjeck accompanied his 21-year-old son’s body on a cargo plane back to Southern California on Wednesday. Kevin Woyjeck was one of 19 hotshot firefighters killed in the fast-moving Yarnell Hill blaze June 30.

While the Woyjecks were in Arizona to retrieve Kevin’s body, the captain’s co-workers, led by Battalion Chief Ken Wiles, made some improvements to the family home.

“I said, whoa, there’s new grass. Wait, there’s all new grass. There’s all new flowers. There’s new lights there’s new trees, what happened to my house?” Joe Woyjeck told CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen.

About 80 firefighters spent 60 hours on the secret project.

Family friends pitched in…

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