NORRISTOWN >> For 10 years, whenever the Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s bomb unit needed to blow up a vehicle for training purposes, they knew where to turn.

Chief Deputy Willie Richet commended Charles Rossi, co-owner of Rossi’s Auto Salvage in King of Prussia, Wednesday for towing and donating vehicles used in bomb unit trainings. Bomb Unit Commander Lt. Allen Stewart explained that the vehicles were used in post-blast investigation trainings that include local first responders.

“Anything we can do to help the bomb unit and the community, we’re glad to be of service,” Rossi said.

Stewart said that Rossi has donated about four cars per year, or about 40 cars over 10 years, to be used in the trainings. The cars are exploded, and then the bomb unit and responders investigate the remains of the vehicles to determine the cause of the blast.

“We start with four, sometimes we end up with six or seven,” Rossi joked.

The salvage shop’s owner was presented with an official commendation from the sheriff’s office. The commendation specifically references the donation of vehicles for a training June 8 through June 12 of this year in preparation for the Papal visit.

“We rely on community partners like you to provide vehicles that can be used in this critical training,” Richet said, reading from the commendation. “The use of these vehicles has helped us advance our technical and professional skills in order to advance public safety. Your compassion and hard work are marks of your commitment to service.”

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