We all heard stories of the heroic firefighters rushing UP the narrow and smoky stairways in the World Trade Center while thousands made their way down on the morning of September 11, 2001. But to hear the details first-hand from the highest ranking firefighter to survive the WTC collapse is chilling, to say the least.
Chief Richard “Pitch” Picciotto delivered a riveting presentation this week to the Accelerent networking group in Baltimore. It was a talk I will never forget. The North Tower had 99 elevators and just three stairwells, and when it was all over, he found himself covered in dust and buried alive in the rubble for more than 4 hours. Picciotto and his crew literally carried people down the stairs – and even yanked a straggler from his office cubicle who was in the midst of writing an “important” email. If you are looking for a speaker who will leave a lasting impression, I highly recommend Chief Pitch. You won’t be disappointed.