Students in the West Irondequoit School District had the opportunity to hear stories and firsthand accounts of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 when two prominent speakers came to the Rochester area early this week.


Jules Naudet, one of the French filmmakers who made the impacting 9/11 movie “9-11” was in Rochester this past Monday, Sept. 10 to show this film and speak to students at Dake Junior High School in Irondequoit.

Students in the West Irondequoit School District had the opportunity to hear stories and firsthand accounts of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 when two prominent speakers came to the Rochester area early this week.

Jules Naudet, one of the French filmmakers who made the impacting 9/11 movie “9-11” was in Rochester this past Monday, Sept. 10 to show this film and speak to students at Dake Junior High School in Irondequoit.

Students heard of Naudet's experiences both making the film and how it has changed his life.

Naudet is a French filmmaker and resident of America since 1989. He was in New York City at the time of the September 11 attacks and captured footage of the first plane flying into the North tower of the World Trade Center.

The Naudet brothers were in the process of making a documentary on New York firefighters, following rookie officer Antonios “Tony” Benetatos through his experiences in Fire Department of New York academy training. On the morning of September 11, 2001, firefighters examined a reported gas leak when the North Tower was attacked, which Jules captured on tape. The Naudet video footage thus became some of the most comprehensive on-site coverage of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Along with the film of Pavel Hlava and a series of webcamera shots from Wolfgang Staehle, the Naudets’ film has the only known footage of Flight 11 striking the World Trade Center.

David Ricca, a 9/11 survivor, was working on the 73rd floor of the second tower in the World Trade Center when the second plane hit the building.

He shared, "during those dark moments, when I was caught in the stairwell of the building thinking that I would never see my family again, I prayed to see them again and also decided that I would devote my life towards contributing and embracing humanity." He also spoke to Dake students Monday in the auditorium at Irondequoit High School.

The visitors also contributed to Dake’s year-long “PEACE” project.

Ricca also spoke at a Kiwanis installation dinner at the Rochester Yacht Club last night, Tuesday, Sept. 11. Irondequoit resident and businessman Frank Romeo was installed as a district governor for Kiwanis.