Granite Mountain Hotshot dad: 'You put on your strong face'

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LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Woyjeck was one of the youngest Granite Mountain Hotshots at only 21 years old.

His dad, Joe Woyjeck, spoke to us from his home in Los Angeles. He also sent never-before-seen, private family pictures.

"I still expect him to come wandering through the door, and that is probably one of the toughest parts," he said.

Kevin Woyjeck was the seventh firefighter in the family. Joe Woyjeck, the former LA fire chief, was so proud that at such a young age, his son was hired as a Granite Mountain Hotshot.

"He loved working there. He loved the men there. ... It is unfortunate ... there was an accident," Joe Woyjeck said.

This was Kevin Woyjeck's final homecoming.

His father admits, "It's not been good, and you put on your strong face and you smile and tell people you are fine, but it's not good."

A year later, this family still struggles every day.

"He was a fun, young, loving young man with his whole life ahead of him and he lived life to the fullest. ... We try to choose to be happy because that is what he would want," Joe Woyjeck said.