We are proud to announce Richard Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, and the last fireman to escape the devastation, will keynote NARS 2017. Picciotto delivers an inspiring story of hope, bravery and sacrifice to motivate audiences to live life to the greatest potential.
On September 11, 2001, Richard Picciotto was just doing his job when he found himself between the sixth and seventh floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center as it began to collapse. He continued to concentrate on rescue efforts until he was buried under the rubble for several hours. Picciatto presents the story of an American hero, a man who gave nearly everything for others during one of our nation’s darkest hours.
Chief Picciotto is also a former New York City police officer and has served as a fire marshal, arson investigator, lieutenant and captain prior to becoming chief. He is a 30-year veteran of the FDNY, and for the nine years previous to September 11th, he presided over the department’s Battalion 11, covering Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He is the recipient of many departmental awards and commendations and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Last Man Down, a tribute to the 343 firefighters and 2,400 civilians who lay dead in the rubble that surrounded him on that day.