“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato
Presentations begin at approximately 4:45.
[Reference the Media Advisory issued prior to the news conference.]
On the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, 9/11 first responders Christopher Gioia and Joseph Torregrossa, both commissioners of the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District in New York, announced the launch of the “Justice for 9/11 Heroes” campaign at a news conference at the National
In July, Gioia, Torregrossa, and the three other commissioners of their fire district unanimously approved a resolution calling for a new investigation into the September 11th attacks. Mr. Torregrossa and one of the other commissioners are suffering chronic health effects from working at Ground Zero, and one of the department’s members, Thomas J. Hetzel, who was also a member of the FDNY, was killed in the line of duty that day.
The Franklin Square and Munson Fire District is now spearheading efforts throughout New York State and across the country to unite the fire service behind their call for Congress to reopen the investigation into the September 11th attacks. The congressional inquiry they are seeking would be conducted in parallel with the ongoing grand jury
investigation initiated by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman.
Gioia and Torregrossa were joined by Bob and Helen McIlvaine, whose son Bobby was killed at the World Trade Center. For the past two years, Mr. McIlvaine has led a campaign, in his son’s name, to introduce and enact draft legislation that would establish a select committee in Congress to reinvestigate the World Trade Center’s destruction.
Powerful perspectives were also shared by David Meiswinkle, who is president of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, and architect Richard Gage, who is founder and CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
Mr. Meiswinkle discussed his organization’s current litigation. Mr. Gage discussed the recent release of a four-year computer modeling study of World Trade Center Building 7’s collapse by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The study’s findings refute a 2008 report issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which claimed that normal office fires were responsible for the 47-story skyscraper’s collapse at 5:20 PM on 9/11.