World Trade Center Survivor FDNY Chief Picciotto to Deliver Thursday Auto Glass Week Keynote
April 12, 2013

Chief Richard Picciotto, the highest ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, will deliver the keynote address at Auto Glass Week™ 2013 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina Thursday, September 19, 2013. He is scheduled to speak Thursday mid-morning about his harrowing experience during 9/11 and what it takes to survive.

A firefighter and inspirational speaker, Picciotto was an 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 and was the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the collapse.

"Chief Picciotto's story resonated with our Auto Glass Week Sponsor Council and Steering Committee and we are sure attendees will be inspired by his story," says event marketing manager Holly Biller.

Picciotto is also the author of Last Man Down, the story of his experience and his remarkable survival of being located within the stairwell between the sixth and seventh floors of the North Tower when it collapsed.

Everyone has had to weather their own struggles; to keep ones tenacity and to survive applies to each and every attendee. Picciotto will bring those survival tactics to light.

In addition to his keynote address, Auto Glass Week will feature educational seminars, an exhibition area with suppliers, the eighth annual GlasWeld Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics in Honor of Walt Gorman and the eighth annual NordGlass Auto Glass Technician Olympics.

Auto Glass Week is the largest international event dedicated solely to the auto glass industry. Registration and competition details are available online at

Contact event management at 540/720-5584 or for more information.

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