“Triumph over Tragedy: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later” to be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee on Sept. 7th

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, a group of first responders and those directly affected by the events of 9/11 will share their personal experiences and stories at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  Presented by USFSM’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, the program, “Triumph over Tragedy: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later,” will take place in the Selby Auditorium at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota beginning at 4:00pm.

The event will feature Dan Hoffe, who was on the 61st floor of the South Tower when the North Tower was hit and was still in the building when the second plane hit the south tower; Jackie Barron, who was reporting for News Channel 8 at the time of the attack and was in Booker Elementary with President Bush when he received the call and had to address the nation; Luke Bencie, who was hired following the attacks to serve with the US Department of State’s Foreign Emergency Support Team; Bonnie Greenball Silvestri, who worked at the Family Assistance Unit at Pier 49 in NYC and helped victim’s families obtain death certificates; and Christopher Wenzel, Master Sergeant, US Air Force (Retired), deployed to the Mid-East after the attacks and author of a comprehensive wartime action plan checklist utilized for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Moderating the discussion will be the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, Dr. Judith Sedgeman.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, however an RSVP is strongly encouraged due to space limitations.  To RSVP, call (941) 359-4602.