Closing Ceremony

Chief Richard Picciotto

Just one month removed from the 15th anniversary of one of the most harrowing times in American history, Chief Richard “Pitch” Picciotto, the highest ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse tells his story of bravery, courage and perseverance on that fateful September day. In a presentation modeled after his best-selling book, Last Man Down, FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto offers a tribute to the lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. His recount is not one of death and destruction, but one of patriotism — a celebration of life and its unpredictable nature. Picciotto offers an eyewitness account of the defining historical event of our lives; his story is that of a man, a hero, and a tragic event that inspired a nation. Chief Picciotto will end his presentation with an outpouring of gratitude for respiratory therapists and others from the healthcare community who waited, and waited, and waited for the wounded and injured to arrive in their respective emergency rooms without avail. He’ll also speak to the impact 9/11 has had on his breathing, his lung capacity and the role of the respiratory therapist in his aftercare and rehabilitation.

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