The GoFundMe raising money for an HRM firefighter who tragically died while swimming with his family is almost at $35,000 as of Friday morning.
Thirty-eight-year-old Sam London drowned at Drysdale Falls near Tatamagouche after rescuing his son who had became stuck in a whirlpool.
He worked out of Station 18, on Main St. in the Westphal area.
Halifax Professional Firefighters Association vice president Joe Triff was a volunteer firefighter with London before they started their careers.
"Sam was just one of the good guys, one of the best," said Triff. "He was quiet, soft-spoken, incredibly generous, talented, competent and somebody you were happy to work with."
"He was just a great guy. Father first and firefighter second."
London's death has hit the firefighting community hard.
"Our membership is just heartbroken to lose someone that everyone respected and admired, and to just think of his family right now, everyone is devastated," said Triff.
He added their members are doing everything they can for London's wife and children, including helping with funeral arrangements and ongoing support.
According to an update on the GoFundMe Page, a visitation for London will take place Sunday at the Atlantic Funeral Home on Main St. in Dartmouth, followed by a celebration of life on Monday at the Good Shepherd Church in Lawrencetown.