Last Man Down : The Fireman's Story - The Heroic Account of How Pitch Picciotto Survived the Collapse of the Twin Towers and Lead His Men to Safety Paperback
The No. 1 bestselling true story of Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto who, on 11 September, survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On September 11th, Battalion Commander Richard 'Pitch' Picciotto was the highest ranking fire department commander in the twin towers when the North Tower fell. Pitch and his men were on the 17th floor racing upward when the world seemed to explode around them.
From his intimate knowledge of the Towers gained during service after the 1993 WTC bombing Pitch was able to lead the firefighters to an alternative stairwell to floor 12 where they were met with a horrifying sight - more than 50 workers too crippled, too old, or too weak to have made their way out on their own. Pitch ordered his firefighters to form a human chain and pushed and cajoled them down the stairs.
They were in the 7th floor stairwell when the tower fell, and Pitch and a handful of survivors woke to find themselves buried on the landing of floor 2.
This is the story of how Pitch Picciotto led his men and the survivors to safety.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 30
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 06/02/2002
- Category: True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
- ISBN: 9780752849416
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Review by uryjm
Richard 'Pitch' Picciotto was one of the very few people who survived the collapse of the Twin Towers from the inside, caught up in the devastation of the implosion in the midst of trying to evacuate the building. This is the story of how he and some of his compatriots made it out, and fascinating reading it is too. We are all too aware of the images of September the 11th and most of us must have wondered what it was like to be there on that day. This book gives one unique view, and although it is brusque and not given to introspection, you can't help but wonder how you'd have responded. It's fair to say that running into one of the Towers while everyone else was trying to get out would not have been an instinctive personal reaction, but probably that's why I'm not a fireman!