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Joe Torrillo

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NYC Fire Department

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Symbol of Freedom - CDM Services

cdmcaregiving.org [cached]

Meet 2016 "Symbol of Freedom" Special Guest - Retired Lieutenant Joe Torrillo!
The Symbol of Freedom event is a two event series, designed to elevate knowledge of CDM Caregiving Services, a local non-profit organization that has been doing business in Southwest Washington for over 35 years. These events are centered around Veterans Day to provide a great opportunity to recognize and honor our local veterans. Our special guest speaker this year is Joe Torrillo, a retired Lieutenant with the NYC Fire Department and survivor "Twin Towers" World Trade Center September 11, 2001. The VIP event at 6:30PM on November 2nd is a more intimate gathering with Joe Torrillo at the Artillery Barracks on the Fort Vancouver National Site and offers an opportunity to personally meet our special guest Joe Torrillo. The ability to have a quick chat, photo or autograph with Mr. Torrillo will be available. The luncheon on November 3rd will served at the Vancouver Hilton and will feature motivational words from Mr. Torrillo on the perseverance and obstacles overcome while fighting to survive a horrific, life changing, Worldwide tragedy, and life thereafter.


NCCA Fall Meeting Includes Inspirational Speaker, Educational Seminar, Technical Presentations, Plant Tour and Tradeshow

www.coilcoating.org [cached]

Cleveland, Ohio-The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) is planning a multitude of events for its fall technical meeting, scheduled for September 28-30 at The Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga. Highlighting the meeting is a special luncheon presentation by Joe Torrillo, a 25-year lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, who was on the scene and critically injured during the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
In addition to Torrillo's inspirational speech, attendees will have an opportunity to take a plant tour of Metal Coaters of Georgia and attend several technical presentations including:


www.insafetyconf.com

Joseph Torrillo
New York City Fire Department (ret.) A 24 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, Joe Torrillo was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996 after spending 15 years fighting fires in Manhattan's financial district. While convalescing from a serious injury incurred during a rescue effort at a fire on New Years Eve 1996, Joe Torrillo worked in the office of fire safety education. In his new position, he would co-create the first state-of-the-art fire safety learning center in the heart of Rockefeller Center, New York City. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Lt. Joe Torrillo was headed to the new learning center for a press conference when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. Knowing that his Brother firefighters from Engine 10 and Ladder 10 across the street from the towers would be the first responders on the scene, Lt. Torrillo diverted to the World Trade Center complex two minutes before the second plane struck the south tower. While evacuating ambulance crews from the south tower, Lt. Torrillo, who holds a degree in structural engineering, was fully aware and certain that collapse of the towers was likely and imminent, and was buried under the debris of the first collapse. After being dug out by rescue personnel, Lt. Torrillo was placed on a boat on the Hudson River and taken to a New Jersey hospital where he woke up in the operating room. By night fall, Lt. Torrillo was placed on the official missing list, and assumed to have been missing in action. Luckily, he was identified some time later by hospital personnel, who then notified his frantic family. On February 21st, 2004, Lt. Joe Torrillo was officially retired from the New York City Fire Department from those injuries.


San Diego County Fair - Del Mar, California : Fourth of July

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Joe Torrillo, a former New York Firefighter and 9/11 survivor will speak along with Reggie Cervantes, a first responder to the 9/11 events.
Joe Torrillo Joe Torrillo Joe Torrillo was a 25 year Lieutenant with the NYC Fire Dept.who is now retired on disability. He spent the first 15 years in Engine Company #10, across the street from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. While recuperating from a severe injury on New Years Eve of 1996 going in to 1997, Joe was assigned to convalesce in the office of fire safety education. Eight months in to this "light-duty" position, Joe was ultimately named the Director of this public-based program. In his new position, Joe would co-design a children's state-of-the-art fire safety learning center, that opened in October, 2000. This new venue, "The Fire Zone", in the heart of Manhattan, was nominated and won the coveted "THEA" award at the Emmy's. Shortly thereafter, in January of 2001, Joe worked on a project with Fisher-Price Toys to help design a new children's "action figure " part of their line of " Rescue Heroes " This new action figure, was named" Billy Blazes ", a likeness of a NYC Firefighter who was an addition to their other "Rescue Heroes". In conjunction with the Executives of the Fisher-Price Corp., Joe chose the " Fire Zone " as the location for the press conference to introduce " Billy Blazes ", and then keeping with a safety theme, ironically chose the date of Sept. 11, 2001, because 911 is the emergency phone number in New York City. On the way to the press conference that was set for 9:00AM, Joe was about an eighth of a mile away from the World Trade Center, when American Airlines struck the South Tower at 8:46AM. Fearing for his Firefighter Brothers in Engine Co. 10 and Ladder Co. 10 across the street from the Towers, Joe diverted to the scene to render assistance. Three minutes after donning borrowed "bunker gear" (firefighting clothing) at 9:03AM, the second jet flew over Joe's head and slammed in to the South Tower. With a background in Structural Engineering, Joe made an immediate assessment that everyone above the fire was doomed to death, and the buildings would collapse. Unfortunately in the rescue operation, Joe was buried alive with a fractured skull, broken ribs, broken arm, crushed spine and heavy internal bleeding. Shortly after being found alive in the rubble, they removed Joe on a long spine board and place him on the deck of a boat on the Hudson River with the expectation of getting him to a hospital. As they were holding his split scalp together, the North Tower then fell on the boat and buried Joe alive and alone in the engine room . About 45 minutes later, Joe was once again rescued from the debris, and taken across the Hudson River, where he awoke in an operating room in Jersey City Trauma Center in the state of New Jersey. Because he was wearing a borrowed set of firefighting clothing with the name Thomas McNamara, Joe was mis-identified by that name, and declared missing for 3 days. By the time the sun set on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, Joe miraculously survived the collapse of both Towers with life long injuries. Joe now travels the world as a public speaker with a quest to make our Country the "Re-United States of America ", resurrecting patriotism, trumpeting the men and women of the Armed Services, mentoring adolescents, and creating harmony and peace with his fellow Americans. Joe Torrillo


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9/11 Survivor/Firefighter, Joseph Torrillo | No Comments
9/11 Survivor/Firefighter, Joseph Torrillo A 24 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, Joe Torrillo was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996 after spending 15 years fighting fires in Manhattan's financial district. While convalescing from a serious injury incurred during a rescue effort at a fire on New Years Eve 1996, Joe Torrillo worked in the office of fire safety education. During that period, Joe Torrillo gained the skills of a public speaker that would find him preaching the message of fire prevention and survival around the world. In his new position, he would co-create the first state-of-the-art fire safety learning center in the heart of Rockefeller Center, New York City. For his hard work and initiative, Joe Torrillo was awarded the coveted "THEA" award at the Emmy award ceremony. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Lt. Joe Torrillo was headed to the new learning center for a press conference when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. Knowing that his Brother firefighters from Engine 10 and Ladder 10 across the street from the towers would be the first responders on the scene, Lt. Torrillo diverted to the World Trade Center complex two minutes before the second plane struck the south tower. While evacuating ambulance crews from the south tower, Lt. Torrillo who holds a degree in structural engineering, fully aware and certain that collapse of the towers was likely and imminent, was buries under the debris of the first collapse. After being dug out by rescue personnel, Lt. Torrillo was placed on a boat on the Hudson River and taken to a New Jersey hospital where he woke up in the operating room. By night fall, Lt. Torrillo was placed on the official missing list, and assumed to have been missing in action. Luckily, he was identified some time later by hospital personnel, who then notified his frantic family. On February 21st, 2004, Lt. Joe Torrillo was officially retired from the New York City Fire Department from those injuries. Lt. Joe Torrillo promises to spend the rest of his days not only as an expert fire safety educator, but hopes to utilize his speaking skills and persona to convey the message of peace, tolerance, dedication commitment, and perseverance to the youth of America who he cares so much about. Lt. Torrillo's message is widely received as he parallels his own struggles as an adolescent and his career in the busiest rescue service on the face of the earth. At the end of his presentation, Lt. Torrillo welcomes his audience to present their own feelings, and engages the participants with a question and answer period. 9/11 Survivor/Firefighter, Joseph Torrillo


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