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2011.08.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

9/11 Survivor to Speak at UNO Sept. 6

Omaha - Maverick Productions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a 9/11 survivor and national speaker, New York Fire Department Battalion Captain Jay Jonas, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

The event is free to the campus community and the public.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the firemen of Ladder Co. 6 in New York City rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center. Trapped under the rubble for hours, the men did not know what was going to happen to them next.

A percentage of each appearance will be donated to the New York Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund.

John A. Jonas is a battalion chief in the New York City Fire Department currently assigned to Battalion 2 in Lower Manhattan.

During his 22-year career with the department, Jonas has worked in the South Bronx, Harlem, the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Chinatown.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Jay Jonas was the captain of Ladder Co. 6 and one of the first responding units to the World Trade Center. Jonas was selected as the official representative from New York City Fire Department in attendance at President Bush's address to the nation at the U.S. Capitol Building following 9/11.

Jonas has been published several times in professional publications, and was the author of procedures for the New York City Fire Department to rescue trapped firefighters.

Jonas appeared on NBC's "Dateline" and "The Miracle of Ladder Co. 6.," and was featured in an ABC documentary based on Dennis Smith's book, Report from Ground Zero.

He is the recipient of the Bishop's Cross, given by the Bishop of the New York Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Jonas received a Man of the Year Award from The Men's World Day Organization in Vienna, Austria, presented by Mikhail Gorbachev and Paul McCartney.

For more information, call (402) 554-2711.

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