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FDNY Thanksgiving Charity Run To Proceed Despite Sandy

FDNY Engine 233 Ladder 176 in Brooklyn (file / credit: Google Maps)

FDNY Engine 233 Ladder 176 in Brooklyn (file / credit: Google Maps)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Despite the devastation from superstorm Sandy, a Brooklyn firehouse will continue with a thanksgiving week tradition.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell On The Story


When the storm, Frank Bassetti at Engine 233 Ladder 176.

“We don’t close. We don’t close up shop,” the Broad Channel resident, who knew things were bad. “When I heard, over the radio, fire trucks couldn’t get down to places in the Rockaways because the water was chest deep, I was here and I knew that my house was being destroyed.”

Despite the personal loss, the firehouse will continue its 34-year tradition: a 5k turkey trot for charity. The proceeds this year will help firefighters whose homes were damaged.

“It’s a good feeling to help and this just kinda gives a little extra help, to give what we can,” firefighter Joe Fischer told WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell.

Thousands are expected to participate. The race is at 11:30 a.m. at the Meadow Lake Boat House in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. All are welcome.

The entry fee is $25 and there will be free food and drinks after the race.