Clad in T-shirts and jeans, more than 20 firefighters on Tuesday were nailing down reddish-brown molding, installing a new kitchen faucet and unrolling fresh grass in the frontyard.
Despite all the progress on his Costa Mesa home, this isn't what owner Brent Hayward had in mind.
Hayward, a 44-year-old captain in the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, started remodeling his home two years ago and had planned to do much of the work himself.
Those plans changed on April 21, the first day of an Ensenada cruise and bachelor party for a fellow firefighter. That evening, Hayward dove headfirst into a 3-foot-deep wading pool that looked much deeper.