Last Man Down by Richard Picciotto
A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center

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On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burn—and then to buckle. A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. Where he made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to help evacuate a group of disabled and infirm civilians. And it was in the rubble of the North Tower where Picciotto found himself buried—for more than four hours after the building's collapse.

This is the harrowing true story of a true American hero, a man who thought nothing of himself—and gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City's—and the country's—darkest hours.

About Richard Picciotto

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Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto was the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center. He is a twenty-eight year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. For the past nine years, he has presided over FDNY's Battalion 11, covering Manhattan's Upper West Side. Daniel Paisner is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books and has collaborated on the bestselling autobiographies and memoirs of actors, athletes, politicians, and television personalities.
Published May 6, 2003 by Berkley. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction

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When the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, Picciotto, an FDNY battalion commander, was inside it, on a stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors, along with a handful of rescue personnel and one "civilian."

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Arriving early for his shift, Picciotto is juggling the many small administrative details required of a Battalion Commander when, just after 8:50 in the morning, he is alerted to the fact that an airplane may have flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

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