Senator Carl L. Marcellino today attended the unveiling of the road sign in memory of Charles “Chuck” Varese on Route 25A in Centerport.
Chuck was killed when a driver using drugs plowed into him on Route 25A. That same strip of road was renamed in his honor, something family members hope will serve as a warning to others on the dangers of impaired driving.
“Chuck’s selfless acts in his service as a firefighter and community role model are a testament to his character. Men like Chuck Varese are few and far between, and his tragic death had a profound impact on all those who knew him,” said Senator. Marcellino.
Charles Varese, a seven-year veteran of the Northport Fire Department, was awarded a meritorious medal for his actions one night in the fall of 2004. Walking on Main Street, Varese smelled smoke and saw flames burning a local deli. Though he was not wearing any protective gear, Varese ran into the building and helped evacuate the upstairs apartments.
“Naming a section of Route 25A is a fitting memorial for a man who spent his life giving back in order to make his community a safer and better place to live, work and raise a family. It was an honor to pass this legislation in his memory,” concluded Senator Marcellino.
The legislation to rename the road was sponsored by Senator Marcellino and Assemblyman Andrew Raia.