Richard Picciotto to speak in Humboldt (Iowa) on Feb. 18
Tickets are still available to hear nationally known firefighter and author Richard Picciotto, the highest ranking New York firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The public will have the chance to hear Picciotto speak on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Humboldt High School gym. Tickets are $10 each until Jan. 1, and $15 after Jan. 1. Only 1,400 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from the sale of the tickets will help the Humboldt Fire Department replace its aging air cascade system, which is used to fill firefighter air packs. Estimated cost to replace the system is $35,000.
Chief Richard Picciotto delivers a gripping, firsthand account of the day that altered history, underscoring the significance of courage, preparation and effective leadership when confronted with enormous adversity.
The FDNY battalion commander in lower Manhattan when it was the target of terrorist attacks on 9/11, Richard and his fellow firefighters selflessly rushed inside the World Trade Center towers to rescue those trapped inside. The highest ranking firefighter to survive that day, he humbly reflects on his efforts and offers an insider’s knowledge of how courage and training helped save numerous lives. He also chronicles this experience in his best-selling book, “Last Man Down.”
“We’re excited to give everyone a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear and meet Rich Picciotto,” Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach said. “We hope people from across the state will come to hear his message.
“When he gives his talk, everyone is on the edge of their seat. His story is amazing. We’re very happy Rich agreed to come to Humboldt for this,” Brian Gargano, regional director with event sponsor EFM and retired Humboldt firefighter said.