Firefighter and inspirational speaker Richard Picciotto was the FDNY Battalion Commander in Manhattan on September 11, 2001.
Following the terrorist attack, Picciotto rushed inside the World Trade Center to rescue those inside, but soon found himself trapped in the smoldering rubble of the North Tower after its collapse. Buried for more than four hours, he emerged almost unscathed and was the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the collapse. Chief Richard Picciotto’s gripping, first-person account provides a firefighter’s view of the 9/11 World Trade Center catastrophe and emergency response. Picciotto played a vital role in that massive operation, testified in front of the 9/11 Commission, and has additionally appeared on many major networks, including CNN, the History Channel, and National Geographic.
His book, Last Man Down, chronicles his harrowing experience on 9/11, and has become a New York Times best-seller. Richard is a true American hero and 9/11 survivor who reminds audiences about the largest rescue in US history and how preparedness and courage helped save 20,000 lives. Ultimately Richard Picciotto leaves audiences with a new perspective on what’s important in life.
"Picciotto lead the task to save 20,000 lives giving audiences a new perspective on what's important in life."
"Richard did a wonderful job. He spoke to the point and was quite amazing at bringing the subject close to the hearts of this audience."