CAPTION: Representatives of Gershow Recycling joined members of the Northport Fire Department and local elected officials at the Twelfth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament at Steer’s Pit in Northport on May 11. Pictured (front row, left to right): Will Varese, Ex-Captain, Northport Fire Department Hook & Ladder Company; Richard D’Angelo, Manager, Gershow’s Huntington facility; Damon McMullen, Mayor, Village of Northport; Mercy Smith, Trustee, Village of Northport; Robert “Beefy” Varese, Ex-Chief, Northport Fire Department and Co-Coordinator, Twelfth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament; Jeanne Varese, Emergency Medical Technician, Northport Fire Department and Co-Coordinator, Twelfth Annual Chuck Varese Vehicle Extrication Tournament; Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington; Joan Cergol, Councilwoman, Town of Huntington; and Steve Rossetti, Vice President of Special Projects, Gershow Recycling.
Back row (left to right): Jenny Varese, Will’s wife; Doug Pyne, Second Assistant Chief, Northport Fire Department; Ian Milligan, Trustee, Village of Northport; Chad Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town of Huntington; and James Gaughran, New York State Senator.
In support of local fire departments, Gershow Recycling donated the use of 30 cars for the Twelfth 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. Gershow also donated the use of its Huntington facility to enable teams to practice in the week leading up to the tournament.
Twenty-two teams from twelve fire departments participated in the tournament, which involved groups of five 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.
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