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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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Craziest Thing You Didn't Do New Year's Day? Polar Bear Plunge in Pictures

Not for the faint of heart, the Polar Bear Plunge sees hordes of eager swimmers dive into Coney Island's waters, for fun, sport, health benefits.

On New Year's Day, while most of us were nursing hangovers, laying low, or thinking about the year ahead, photojournalist Mo Gelber was charging the icy Atlantic Ocean with nearly a thousand other New Yorkers, in the annual ritual known as the Polar Bear Plunge. Not for the faint of heart, this tradition sees hordes of eager swimmers dive into the waters at Coney Island, for fun, sport, and health benefits. Many don costumes, some go in their clothes, and the brave go in with only a swimsuit.

Taking place just 64 days after Hurricane Sandy, the Polar Bear Club encouraged the crowd to donate to the Coney Island Recovers fund, as well as their ongoing partner, Camp Sunshine, which supports children who facing life-threatening illness and their families. In the wake of the storm, it's also great to see this seaside community come together as captured by Gelber in the images below:

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