On the 15 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Foundation is proud to present FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas as our special guest for the 2016 “meet and greet.” Chief Jonas, who led his Ladder 6 crew into the World Trade Center to rescue trapped civilians on September 11, 2001, will share his story of survival. He will not only share their harrowing journey out of the collapsed North Tower, but he will also take part in a special Q&A session with you about that tragic day in our nation’s history.
About Deputy chief Jay Jonas, FDNY
Deputy Chief Jay Jonas is a 36-year veteran of the FDNY. He has worked in the Bronx, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Chinatown, and the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan. He is currently assigned to the 7th Division in the Bronx. Chief Jonas has an AAS Degree in Fire Science from SUNY Orange, a BS Degree in Fire Administration from Empire State College and is a graduate of the Fire Officers Management Institute administered by Columbia University. He is also a graduate of the West Point Anti-Terrorism School. On September 11th, 2001, he lead his unit, Ladder 6, into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. They were conducting the rescue of a woman in the North Tower when the North Tower collapsed with them inside. Their story has been told on NBCs Dateline “Miracle of Ladder 6,” History Channel’s “Miracle of Stairway B,” and has been featured in numerous books and periodicals. Chief Jonas is in charge of Training and Safety in the 7th Division and he publishes a monthly newsletter to promote those topics.