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Oct. 3, 2003

9/11 Survivor to Speak at UW-RF

Chief Richard Picciotto, a New York City firefighter and 9/11 survivor, will discuss his experiences at the UW-River Falls Abbott Concert Hall on Oct. 29.

Picciotto is the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the collapse of the Twin Towers.

He will share stories from his book, "Last Man Down," a tribute to the 343 firefighters and 3,000 civilians who died in the New York attack.

As an FDNY battalion commander, he was at Ground Zero trying to help after the first attack. He is also a veteran of the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993.

Picciotto was on a stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors of the North Tower when it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. He was buried for more than four hours after the building's collapse.

He is a former New York City police officer, and has served as a fire marshal, an arson investigator, a lieutenant and a captain prior to becoming Chief in 1992. For the past nine years he has presided over the department's Battalion 11, covering Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Admission for non-students is $5. For more information, call 715/425-4911.


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