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Gershow Recycling Donates the Use of 35 Cars for the 17th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament

 Northport, NY – In support of local fire departments, Gershow Recycling donated the use of 35 cars for the 17th 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 11. 

Thirty-one teams from seventeen fire departments participated in the tournament, which involved small groups of firefighters working to extricate a “victim” from a “crash.” 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. The top three teams were:

      • 1st Place — Commack #4 (8 minutes, 3 seconds)
      • 2nd Place — Commack #2 (8 minutes, 35 seconds)
      • 3rd Place — Huntington #3 (11 minutes, 25 seconds)

Northport #1 had the fastest evolution time of the Tournament at 3 minutes, 26 seconds.

After the tournament, the vehicles were brought back to Gershow’s facility, where they were shredded and recycled.

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

Representatives from Gershow Recycling joined members of the Northport Fire Department and local elected officials at the 17th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament at Steer’s Pit in Northport on May 11. Pictured (front row, left to right): Rich D’Angelo, Manager, Gershow Recycling’s Huntington facility; Jillian Guthman, Esq., Receiver of Taxes, Town of Huntington, Theresa Mari, Huntington Town Councilwoman; Robert “Beefy” Varese, Ex-Chief, Northport Fire Department and Co-Coordinator, 17th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament; Jeanne Varese, Mr. Varese’s wife, and Captain, Northport Fire Department Rescue Squad and Co-Coordinator, 17th Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament; Donna Koch, Mayor, Village of Northport; Andrew Raia, Town Clerk, Town of Huntington; and Joe Sabia, Deputy Mayor, Village of Northport.

Back row (l-r) Sal Ferro, Huntington Town Councilman, Meghan Dolan, Deputy Mayor, Village of Northport, Steve Rossetti, Vice President of Special Projects, Gershow Recycling, Billy Scherer, Second Assistant Chief, Northport Fire Department; and Dan Cross, First Assistant Chief, Northport Fire Department.


About Gershow Recycling:
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.

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