Ann Tillery

Chief Richard Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse and author of the New York Times Best-Seller Last Man Down, will share the detailed accounts of his survival in a presentation at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on September 16. Chief Picciotto will speak at 7:00 p.m. in the UNK Health and Sports Center, followed immediately by a book signing.

Richard Picciotto, also known as “Pitch,” became chief in 1992 and a year later assisted in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. Chief Picciotto is a 28-year veteran of the FDNY and has been battalion commander for the past nine years. In addition, he is also a former New York City police officer and has served as a fire marshal, an arson investigator, a lieutenant, and a captain, receiving departmental awards and commendations for his bravery. Picciotto has humbly stated, “People call us heroes, but we were just doing our jobs.”

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In addition to speaking at UNK, Chief Picciotto will meet with local firefighters and hold a press conference at the Kearney downtown Fire Station, located at 2211 Avenue A, at 6 p.m. prior to his presentation.