‘Extreme Makeover’ begins for widowed Clovis CAL FIRE captain

Nick Reeder received the surprise of a lifetime when the “Extreme Makeover” crew knocked on his door with a brand-new home in the works for his three kids.

Two years after his life changed dramatically, Clovis’ Nick Reeder welcomed a camera crew from HGTV at his apartment on Tuesday informing him he’d be receiving a brand-new home.

Reeder, a fire captain with CAL FIRE , will serve as the honoree of HGTV’s relaunched version of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’


The 17-year CAL FIRE firefighter was widowed about two years ago when his wife died giving birth to their twin girls.

Since then, he’s been living in a small, 900-square-foot apartment and reliant on help from his mother to raise three children.

Show host Jesse Tyler Ferguson (of “Modern Family” fame), home designers, and a camera crew broke the news at Reeder’s front door on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s visit to Reeder’s apartment also serves as the starting gun on a six-day, round-the-clock building extravaganza by DeYoung Properties and a bevy of local subcontractors at their Highlands development in Clovis.

The house itself is expected to be completed Aug. 4. The design has not been revealed.

There are still volunteer opportunities to help with the project. Those interested can sign up here.

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