Last Man Down

Last Man Down : The Fireman's Story - The Heroic Account of How Pitch Picciotto Survived the Collapse of the Twin Towers and Led His Men to Safety

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On September 11th, leading seven companies of firefighters up the B stairway to Tower 1 of the World Trade Centre, Battalion Commander Richard 'Pitch' Picciotto was the highest ranking fire department commander in the twin towers when Tower 2 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 alternate 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 Tower 1 fell, accordioning into a mound of burning rubble. Pitch and a handful of survivors woke to find themselves buried on the landing of floor 2. This is the story of how they made it out, and how Pitch Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter survived the collapse of the twin towers and led his men and the survivors to safety.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 30mm | 521.63g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • ORION
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30
  • 0752852620
  • 9780752852621

About Richard Picciotto

A former New York City police officer, Chief Picciotto had been a Fire marshal, an arson investigator, a lieutenant and a captain, prior to becoming chief in 1992.He holds a B.B.A. degree and has been the recipient of departmental awards and commendations for bravery and meritorious service Picciotto lives in Port Chester, New York with his wife Debbie and his son Stephen.show more

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'Some of the extracts from his bestselling book are difficult to listen to...but we must all listen...His voice is now one of the few that speaks for the thousands who died from the stance of really being there' RADIO TIMES 'With the merits of immediacy and first hand observation, from start to finish this is a deeply impressive account' GOOD BOOK GUIDEshow more

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