Essex County's Michael Benfante, Author of 9/11 Book "Reluctant Hero" to Speak at Verona Library, 3pm, Sunday, Oct. 19; 17 Gould Street, Verona
VERONA, NJ - Montclair resident and 9/11 Survivor Michael Benfante will be speaking at the Verona Public Library this weekend. Benfante is best known for his heroic actions during the World Center disaster when he and a co-worker carried a disabled woman in a wheelchair down 68 flights of stairs and out of the North Tower to safety, just minutes before the tower imploded. Benfante will recount his experience when he discusses his book "Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Hero Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He’s Learned, How He’s Struggled and What No One Should Ever Forget." The free event takes place from 3pm to 4:30pm on Sunday, Oct. 19. The library is located at 17 Gould Street, Verona.
Benfante is the recipient of a host of honors and international recognition, and has testified at a US Senatorial special hearing about his 9/11 experience. Raised in Montclair, he currently lives with his wife and son in Bloomfield. He has been recognized by President George W. Bush and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America and CNN.
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The author will be available to sign books purchased in advance or sold at Sunday's appearance. The author has also agreed to donate $5 from the sale of each book to the Friends of Verona Library fund for library activities.
Verona Public Library
17 Gould Street, Verona