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

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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.”

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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.

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