|On 9/11, Rodriguez was the only person at the site with the master
key to the North Tower stairwells. He bravely led firefighters up the
stairwell, unlocking doors as they ascended, thereby aiding in the
successful evacuation of unknown hundreds of those who survived. At
great risk to his own life, he re-entered the Towers three times after
the first North Tower impact at 8:46 am, and is believed to be the last
person to exit the North Tower alive, surviving the building's collapse
by diving beneath a fire truck. After receiving medical attention for
his injuries, Rodriguez spent the rest of 9/11 aiding as a volunteer in
the rescue efforts, and at dawn the following morning, was back at
Ground Zero continuing his heroic efforts.
Deeply affected by his experiences of 9/11, Rodriguez has worked ever since that terrible day to help others who were affected by this atrocity. He has continued to speak out against the forces that perpetrated the events of September 11th and gave this presentation at the American Scholars Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, June 24-25, 2006.
William Rodriguez was the last person to testify at the 9/11 hearings. Many of the firemen and others he knew who saw what happened were not allowed to testify to the commission. The 9/11 hearings were broadcast on national TV.
William Rodriguez was required to testify in closed session. The final 9/11 report did not include his testimony.
Tags: 911, F, FS William Rodriguez, FT The Last Man Out, 9/11, Willie Rodriguez,
Produced: 2006, Episode: WR,
Category: Education, 57:59
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