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Last man down : the fireman's story

By: Picciotto, FDNY Battalion Commander Richard 'Pitch'

0752849417 / 9780752849416
Paperback
06/02/2003
Stock expected by 16/04/2021
United Kingdom
18 cm xi, 253 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2002.
A powerful, first-hand account of the World Trade Center tragedy Includes a new chapter, where the author reflects on the year since the events of September 11th LAST MAN DOWN is a Sunday Times No 1 bestseller and it is still on the bestseller list seven months after publication The trade edition has already reprinted ten times Serialised as Radio 4's Book of the Week to tie in with the first anniversary of September 11th Hugely successful author tour in the UK for the hardback publication Serial rights sold to the Sunday Times and New Idea in Australia A royalty being paid to the New York Fir

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.

BIC:

1KBBEY New York, 3JM 21st century, BTP True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, JKSW2 Fire services, JPWL Terrorism, armed struggle

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