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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An Eastern Iowa family is getting a new home after being struck with tragedy.

Waterloo firefighters came together today to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for the family of Moe Sed.

Sed went missing in Waterloo in October, and his body was found in a river near Gilbertville in December.

The Waterloo firefighters worked on the home all day Thursday.

They said they didn't even know the home was going to Moe Sed's family until they got there this morning.

It's been a little more than a month since Moe Sed's family learned a hunter found their missing sons body in a river.

"From what I've heard, they feel blessed to be getting a home," said Duane Rosonske with Habitat.

He says the Sed family was in the Habitat program before their sons death.

They have four other children.

"It was a surprise to us," said Waterloo Battalion Chief Michael Moore. "We didn't realize til we got here, and that makes it a bit more special maybe. I know the family has been through a lot  and it's nice to give the family something and to be a part of it."

Moore and twelve other firefighters spent their day off laying drywall in the three-story home Thursday.

This is the first time they've done a project like this.

"We're a team anyway. Some of these guys know how to lay drywall, some like me don't know much. But we work well together so it comes naturally," said Moore.

The home has been in the works since May of 2015.

The Sed family said the following about their new home.

"We are happy! We are renting an apartment now, but even thought we pay every month, it will never be our home. With Habitat For Humanity, we still pay every month, but it will be ours. Habitat For Humanity has allowed our family to buy a home, something we would not otherwise have an opportunity to do."

The home will be ready around the end of February or beginning of March.

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