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Tradition is not taken lightly in Tom Nestor Jr.’s family. “My grandfather, father, and numerous uncles are members in the firehouse, or were,” Nestor says proudly. So, once Nestor turned 16, he rushed to join the ranks of the very same Point Breeze Fire Department that he had basically grown up in. Now 17 years old, Nestor is the acting chief’s aide within New York’s Breezy Point volunteer fire department, committed to not only upholding his family’s legacy but also to protecting the greater Breezy community. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest to share the personal stories of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department. Here, we take a closer look into the life of Tom Nestor Jr.; his firehouse, what motivates him each day as a volunteer firefighter, and the daily struggles and triumphs of his profession.

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Sometimes, unknowingly, you stumble upon your true passion. Such was the case for 23-year-old Kevin Hernandez, who first stepped foot in Point Breeze Fire Department as a high school senior, intending only to complete his mandatory community service hours needed for graduation alongside a few close friends. “Most of us thought that this would just be a walk in the park,” Hernandez remembers, “that we would get our hours, graduate, and move on with our lives. We were all very wrong.” Now six years in, Hernandez is a proud, six-year veteran volunteer firefighter, and a captain, serving the Breezy Point, NY, community. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest to share the personal stories of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department. Here, we take a closer look into the life of Captain Kevin Hernandez; his firehouse, what motivated him to become a volunteer firefighter, and the daily struggles and triumphs of his profession.

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For many volunteer firefighters, balancing outside jobs, family and friends, and any additional extracurricular endeavors is often a struggle, but Lieutenant Devon Collins says it hasn’t been that complicated for him, and his family particularly understands. “It’s actually quite simple at the moment. My dad was an NYPD search and rescue scuba diver for 20 years,” Collins says, “so he and my mom are quite a bit more immune to the worrying that my friends parents likely feel knowing that their son voluntarily runs into burning buildings.” Even in spite of the hazards of his volunteer post, Collins counts himself lucky to be carrying on the family tradition of selfless service. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest to share the personal stories of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department in Breezy Point, New York. Here, we take a closer look into the life of Lieutenant Devon Collins; his firehouse, what motivated him to become a volunteer firefighter, and the daily struggles and triumphs of his profession.

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Superb Idea: The Bee Station

Due to the disastrous decline in their population, the remaining bees are overworked. Check out this new design for bees to nest, rest, and refuel.


Last summer, 31-year-old Jamie Hutchison was listening to the radio when an expert from the RSPB (a leading wildlife conservation nonprofit in the United Kingdom) was on the air, responding to several callers' concerns about slow, seemingly sick or tired bees crawling on their lawns.

The expert explained that, due to the decline in the UK’s bee population, the bees that remain are overworked:

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