Joe Fortis, a 19-year EMS veteran and training officer for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and a first responder to the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, will speak Friday, Nov. 18, at Creighton University.
The 1 - 3 p.m. presentation is Creighton Universityís EMS Education Programís tribute to fire and police officers, medical personnel and others who helped after Sept. 11 at what has become known as Ground Zero. The talk, which is free to the public, will be held in the EMS programís main classroom, located in Kellom Plaza at 2514 Cuming St.
Fortis will discuss the construction of the World Trade Center in the 1960s - 1970s, his personal experiences with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, his experiences during and after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, the building of a national monument to commemorate 9/11 heroes, and more. His presentation will also include photos and seldom-seen videos as well as a video tribute to the fallen heroes. Click here to read Fortisís official account of Sept. 11, 2001, to the World Trade Center Task Force.
Following the presentation, Fortis and other members of the New York City Fire Department will present Creighton University with a Flag of Heroes, flown in New York City and designed to honor and remember the fallen.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, Fortis will lead an FDNY team competing against approximately 19 other EMS teams from Florida, Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue and Nebraska City in Creightonís Fifth Annual EMS Competition. The 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. event, also free to the public, will be held in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus. Click here to learn more about the event.