1. Gene Reis

    Gus Brickner was hardcore, he was one of my fathers cronies he was telling me stories of his swimming adventures as a kid I was in disbelief I thought there was noway a man could stand the temperatures in icy cold waters this man swam in until I saw pictures it was documented and he was from Charleroi Pa

  2. Matthew E Newman

    Hello there,
    I would like to add, that Gus was the man who taught me how to dive and swim in the 70’s, He was a swim instructor at Pine Cove Swim Club in Fallawfield, PA. Pine Cove Swim Club also went by other names such as Red’s Beach.

    Gus was someone I looked up to, and someone who helped to bring a good name to our area. Gus was not just a great athlete and swimmer, he was an inspiration to all of us and he was a fantastic teacher and mentor. He is one of those very few people who made a lasting impression on me that I still remember him today about 45 years later.

  3. Mike Collins

    An everlasting impression is correct.. I remember the traditional winter dips being televised in black ‘n white on channel 2 (KDKA) news.. Unfortunately, as the tradition carries on, it would appear the “City of Champs” doesn’t pay tribute to the all time great “Human Polar Bear” originator of the event. Sad for all the Burgh’s People..

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