July 19, 2005


Christopher Bollyn                                                                            

American Free Press

Washington, D.C.


To honor the memory of the victims of 9/11, William Rodriguez, last survivor from the World Trade Center, will speak at the Schaumburg Township District Library, near Chicago, on Sunday, August 21, 2005, from 2 to 5 p.m. 


On September 11, 2001, Rodriguez, custodian of the stairwells of the North Tower, helped save hundreds of lives at the World Trade Center by leading firefighters up the stairwells and opening the fire doors with his master key.  Disregarding orders from his superiors, Rodriguez repeatedly returned to the building to assist those trapped within the burning tower.


He is the last person known to have escaped from the North Tower and miraculously survived the collapse by diving under a fire truck that was parked near the entrance.


For his heroic efforts Rodriguez has been honored by the White House and made a national hero by the legislature of Puerto Rico, his homeland.


The event at the Schaumburg library is the only scheduled event in the Chicago area in which Mr. Rodriguez will appear.  He will be available for interviews with the press on Saturday, August 20, and respond to questions after the event, which will begin promptly at 2 p.m. 


On July 18, the library board voted unanimously to provide Mr. Rodriguez with the largest possible forum.  The Rasmussen Room at the main library accommodates about 200 people.  The event is free and open to the public. 


The three-hour event is being organized by Christopher Bollyn, a long-standing patron of the library and independent journalist who writes for the American Free Press of Washington, D.C.  


As president and member of the board of several victims' groups, Rodriguez was instrumental in the creation of the 9/11 Commission and providing it with subpoena power.  He was one of the last witnesses to testify before the commission but none of his testimony appears in the commission's final report.


William Rodriguez is a twenty-year veteran employee of the World Trade Center and survivor of the 1993 bombing.  He knew every inch of the buildings and was in the burning tower saving lives from the time it was hit until seconds before it was demolished. His story is one of the most compelling you will ever hear of the events of 9/11.


In addition to Mr. Rodriguez, other 9/11 researchers have been invited to this historic event, including: 


      Dr. Gene Corley, structural engineer and team leader of the official WTC Building Performance Study

      Dave vonKleist, co-host of The Power Hour and producer of 911- In Plane Site

      Phil Jayhan, webmaster of


American Free Press has made a donation to make this event possible.


For more information about the event or to schedule an interview please contact Christopher Bollyn at: