Pictured (left to right): Peter O’Toole, External Logistics Coordinator, Tunnel to Towers Foundation; Jonathan Abrams, Gershow Recycling; Rich D’Angelo, Manager, Huntington Station Facility, Gershow Recycling; and Rob Jordan, Warehouse Property Manager, Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Members of the Tunnel to Towers (T2T) Foundation came to Gershow Recycling’s Huntington Station facility on December 20 to collect 25 vintage fire extinguishers from Gershow.
The vintage fire extinguishers are set to be auctioned off by T2T, with all proceeds going towards assisting the families of fallen first responders, Gold Star families and homeless veterans.
T2T was established in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his life during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The organization aims to honor and support the courageous men and women who risk their lives daily in the line of duty, provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star families and first responders, and builds specially adapted smart homes for injured first responders and veterans.
Gershow made the connection with T2T, thanks to one of its employees, a former SCPD detective whose brother-in-law, George C. Cain, a New York City firefighter (Engine 16-Ladder 7) perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A few years back, Sam Gershowitz had two fire extinguishers refurbished with a copper coating to be given to Cain’s mother and sister as Mother’s Day gifts. Both fire extinguishers were greatly appreciated, and are proudly displayed in the homes of Cain’s mother and sister. With the help of Gershow management, the idea of donating more fire extinguishers to T2T was put in motion with the hope of generating more money to support their worthy causes.