FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 26, 2012) – 

The second speaker in Shell Point’s 2012 Speaker Series will be Richard Picciotto, who survived the World Trade Center Collapse on September 11, 2001. This presentation will take place on Friday, February 3, at 7:00pm in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. The theme for this year’s series is “In The Face of Courage”, and all presenters have overcome a range of adversities. All residents of Southwest Florida are invited to attend, but tickets are required.

“We are so happy to welcome all the speakers in the 2012 Speaker Series, and feel that all who attend the presentations will be inspired and moved by the emotion of each story,” said Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. “The speakers lined up in this particular series have faced many different challenges and they have all been able to look at the positives of those experiences.”

Firefighter and inspirational speaker Richard Picciotto was a FDNY Battalion Commander in Manhattan on September 11, 2001. Following the terrorist attack, Richard rushed inside the World Trade Center to rescue those inside, but soon found himself trapped in the smoldering rubble of the north tower after its collapse.

Richard’s gripping first-person account provides a firefighter’s view of the 9/11 World Trade Center catastrophe and emergency response. Richard played a vital role in the massive operation, testified in front of the 9/11 Commission, and has appeared on many major networks, including CNN, the History Channel, and National Geographic. His book, Last Man Down, chronicles his harrowing experience on 9/11 and has become a New York Times best-seller.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at $25 each. To purchase tickets, please visit If you have any questions please call (239) 454-2067.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off McGregor Boulevard and Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community includes independent living, an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, assisted living, two medical centers with on-site physicians, and a skilled nursing center all within a resort-style location along the Caloosahatchee River just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.

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