Extreme Makeover recipient ‘one of a kind’If anyone deserves an extreme home makeover, it’s Howie Huber.
By: By Holly Henry, Superior Telegram
If anyone deserves an extreme home makeover, it’s Howie Huber.
That was the opinion of fellow fire fighter Neal Dwyer as “Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition” descended on the area this week to renovate the home of Huber and his wife Jessica.
The ABC reality show, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, aims to transform the Huber’s South Range home in a week. As work got under way this week the Superior Fire Department, where Huber is a fire fighter, participated in a controlled burn of the family’s current home.
Dwyer, a native of Two Harbors, said all of Huber’s fellow fire fighters were excited for their co-worker.
“If anyone deserves this, it is Howie,” he said. “From the moment I met him he was a friend.”
And Dwyer has no shortage of adjectives to explain why Huber, who is also a former Two Harbors resident, is so deserving of his recent good fortune.
“Howie is a natural as a fire fighter,” he said. “He is calm, cool, collected and compassionate with everyone he comes into contact with. I was on a hose line with him at my very first fire call and he was patient and helpful. When I joined the department he was the first guy to extend his hand, welcome me and show me the ropes. Howie is one of a kind.”
Since the Superior Fire Department staff works 24-hour shifts, Dwyer said the team basically lives together and is extremely close.
“We’re a big family really,” he said. “We’re all in this together.”
And Dwyer, much like other members of the Superior Fire Department found himself caught up in the “Extreme Home Makeover” fanfare when the star of the show, Ty Pennington visited their fire hall. He said Pennington and his crew were very friendly and approachable.
“It’s a big deal for all of us,” Dwyer said. “It’s turned the little word of the Superior Fire Department upside down. We’ve gone Hollywood and it’s quite surreal.”
The Hubers and their two children, Rosemary, 3 and Henry, 6 are in Hawaii while the construction is taking place. They will return next week and receive the keys to their new home.
For more information on the progress of the project go to www.extremebuilderscommonwealth.com.