Key figures in Sept. 11 tragedy to keynote

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Guiliani and Picciotto will take center stage at ASIS and ISC East
Two recognized figures from the days of Sept. 11 will be delivering keynote speeches at this fall’s conferences.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani will deliver the keynote at ASIS’ 50th anniversary convention on Sept. 27-30 in Dallas. In New York, that city’s highest ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center’s collapse on Sept. 11, 2001 will be the featured speaker for the ISC East show on Nov. 3 – 4.

During his two terms as the mayor of New York City, Guiliani and his administration were responsible for a 65 percent drop in urban crime, a 50 percent cut in welfare rolls and $2.5 billion tax reduction. Guiliani is probably best known for his work in guiding the city through the events and aftermath of Sept. 11.

His speech is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. An hour long questions and answer session with Guiliani will follow the conclusion of the speech.

New York Fire Department Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto’s presentation will be modeled after his best-selling book, “Last Man Down: A Fireman’s Story.” He will offer an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Twin Towers. Picciotto was the last New York firefighter to escape the destruction that day.

Dean Russo, vice president and show manager for the ISC shows, said Picciotto’s story emphasizes how important an installer’s work is with first responders.