New York firefighter keynote speaker at All Services Ball

A New York firefighter who twice survived the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the All Services Ball at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Joe Torrillo will speak as part of the ball, which honors those who serve as first responders and in law enforcement and the military.

The ball is set for Nov. 10 in the Meyer Ballroom in the University Center at CMU. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets sell for $75 for VIP admission and $50 for general admission. Tickets are available online at the website located at  htttp://

Torrillo served for 25 years as a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, including a stint as director of the fire safety and education office. He was on his way to a press conference on Sept. 11, 2001 when a jetliner struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Fearing for his fellow firefighters with Engine Company 10 across the street, Torrillo raced to the scene to help.

Torrillo was buried under debris and severely injured when the South Tower fell. He was rescued and evacuated to a nearby boat on the Hudson River. But he was trapped again in the engine room of the boat when the North Tower fell.

Torrillo now travels the world to share his stories of commitment, perseverance and overcoming adversities.