EMHE: The Johnson Family (Kansas City)
The show has been filming about a mile from where I work since last Wednesday. The reveal is set for today. A local country radio station had a birthday party last Thursday and the crew showed up and declined the V.I.P. section in favor of visiting with the regular people in general admission, they were sooooo nice and could easily be mistaken for just one of us.
I would assume there will be a room decorated in Kansas City Chiefs since Trent Green (the quarterback), was at the home.
Johnson is a single father, who works 48 hour shifts as a firefighter, then fills in cutting hair and washing windows to support his 3 kids and their 2 friends, whose adopted mother died and Johnson adopted to prevent them going to foster care. Last year, we had a standoff in a burning house, where the lunatic was opening fire on the firefighters and paramedics. A paramedic was shot and Johnson left the safety of his truck to pull her to safety. The paramedic nominated Johnson and his family.
Here is a story from our local paper with a few details of what the family will receive, I will also post the link, but you have to register with the site to view it, there are some great pics on the site and you can search the archives for stories published each day:
Makeover brings out fans, donors
Community shows support for firefighter and family
By MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS
The Kansas City Star
Hundreds of people Monday swarmed about the lawn and inside the home built in less than a week for Kansas City firefighter Stephen Johnson and his blended family.
Thousands of people, fans of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” have descended on East 79th Street in Kansas City throughout the week to watch the crews demolish the Johnson family's old 1,200-square-foot ranch home and build a new, two-story, two-car-garage house that is nearly four times the size of the old one.
Many of the onlookers came expecting a glance at or autograph from show host Ty Pennington. Others came bearing gifts, food and drinks for the workers, even bags full of money they collected and household supplies for the Johnsons.
Kevin Green, president of Kevin Green Homes, general contractor in charge of the construction, said he had been inundated with offers from local businesses, corporations and individuals who want to donate something to the makeover project.
“Everything you see here from the nails to the grass and every drop of sweat has been donated,” Green said.
A lender who will be revealed when the show airs — broadcast tentatively is scheduled for May 15 — paid off the mortgage on the Johnsons' old home. The new one is free.
From the moment the public learned that Johnson, one of six firefighters who in a barrage of gunfire pulled a wounded paramedic to safety last year, would get a new home courtesy of the ABC makeover television show, Green's marketing team has fielded a call about every 10 minutes from Kansas City area residents who want to help.
People have offered to donate “just about every conceivable consumer item, cookware, digital cable, computer service, and someone even wants to videotape every item in the house for insurance purposes,” said Tony Libra, director of the marketing firm working with Kevin Green Homes.
“The support from the community has been overwhelming,” Green said. “I think it is indicative of Kansas City.”
There already have been many pledges of money. Green said that when the family gets the keys to their new house, a college scholarship fund will be set up for the five children, two of them boys adopted by Johnson, who is a single parent. Information about the fund will be online at kevingreenhomes.com.
While thousands have visited the 24-hour work site already, producers expect thousands more to show up between noon and 3 p.m. on Wednesday when the family returns to get a first look at their home. To avoid traffic congestion, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City is offering free shuttle service from parking lot A at Kauffman Stadium to the site. Buses will run today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every 30 minutes.