Gershow Recycling Donates 32 Cars for "Gone in Six Hours"

Extrication Exercise To Benefit North Merrick Fire Department Scholarship Fund

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In support of local Fire, Rescue and Emergency Service Technicians, Gershow Recycling is donating 32 vehicles to "Gone In Six Hours," which will take place on October 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the 4 Towns Training Center on Merrick Road (east of Meadowbrook Parkway) in Merrick.

Gone in Six Hours is hosted by the North Merrick Fire Department in conjunction with Genesis Rescue Systems. This year's extrication exercise/fundraiser is in memory of Firefighter Anthony Betulia and Lieutenant John Farrell, both of whom served with the North Merrick Fire Department.

Entry fee for each student is $250 (breakfast and lunch included). Proceeds will benefit the North Merrick Fire Department Scholarship Fund, in which the fire department awards a scholarship to an eligible high school senior who is the child of a North Merrick firefighter.

During this event, firefighters from local fire departments will perform extrications on the vehicles provided by Gershow Recycling - one of the event's sponsors - under six different scenarios: advanced vehicle stabilization; vehicle over a Jersey barrier, severe side-impact collisions; flapping vehicle floors; air bags; and vehicles underneath a tractor trailer.

"We are proud to be part of Gone in 6 Hours," said Charles Keeling, Safety Director, Gershow Recycling. "Extrication training is crucial for these firefighters and they need these vehicles as part of their training. This donation shows Gershow's support for the local fire departments and first responders."

"We would like to thank Gershow for their generous donation and support," said Stephen J Scymcyk Ex-Chief North Merrick Fire Department and Vice Chairman/Commissioner, North Merrick Fire District. "This event will not only help these firefighters in their training but will also provide necessary funding for the fire department's annual scholarship that will give a student in our district the opportunity to continue their studies after high school."

To register for the educational seminar, call (516) 223-4132. For more information on Gershow Recycling, call (631) 289-6188 or visit


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.