Gershow Recycling Donates the Use of 30 Cars for Ninth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CAPTION: Representatives of Gershow Recycling joined local elected officials and firefighters at the Ninth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament at Steer’s Pit in Northport on May 14. Pictured left to right are Rich D’Angelo, Manager, Gershow Recycling’s Huntington facility; Rebecca Varese and her daughter, CharlieMae Beach; Jenny McCaughey; Steve Rossetti, Vice President of Special Projects, Gershow Recycling; Damon McMullen, Trustee, Village of Northport; Robert “Beefy” Varese, Ex-Chief, Northport Fire Department and Director, Ninth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament; Jeanne Vadasz, Emergency Medical Technician, Northport Fire Department; Dr. William Spencer, Suffolk County Legislator; Susan Berland and Mark Cuthbertson, Council Members, Town of Huntington; Henry Tobin, Deputy Mayor, Village of Northport; and Will Varese, Lieutenant, Northport Fire Department Hook & Ladder Company.


In support of local fire departments, Gershow Recycling donated the use of 30 cars for the Ninth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament, which was held at the Northport Fire Department’s Training Grounds at Steer’s Pit in Northport on May 14. Gershow also donated the use of its Huntington facility to enable teams to practice in the week leading up to the tournament.

The tournament involved 21 teams of four to six firefighters working to extricate a “victim” from a “crash” using the Jaws of Life. Each team was judged on the amount of time it took to perform the extrication, the handling of equipment and the safety procedures they followed. After the tournament, the vehicles were brought back to Gershow’s facility, where they were shredded and recycled.

“This is a wonderful event,” said Henry Tobin, Deputy Mayor, Village of Northport. “It’s prestigious for Northport, but it’s also great training for our guys and other fire departments. Most importantly, it helps them determine where they need to improve to continue saving lives. We’re very lucky in Northport and we deeply admire and value the men and women who devote their lives to this important line of work.”

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit


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Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.