A former New York firefighter brings his perspectives on life after 9-11 to UW Platteville. It was this generation's Pearl Harbor, and the first act of the war on terror. We're nearly eight years removed from September 11th, and for you and I the numbers 9-11 will always mean something when you say them. For those who were there and survived, it has an even greater meaning. Rich Picciotto was a Captain with the New York Fire Department and was trapped in the north tower when it collapsed.
Picciotto said it's important that we not hide from what happened on 9-11. "I think probably the news media has made a conscious effort not to talk about it, to pretend it didn't happen or like 'we've had enough of that, let's move on.' But you can't move on. It's part of our history, it's part of our life, and it's something that's affected us to this day." Picciotto is contemptuous towards any conspiracy theorists who blame 9-11 on the Bush administration.