College & Community Relations

Aims Student Radio to broadcast presentation by 9/11 survivor

Submitted on: 08-08-2012

On September 11, 2001, Joe Dittmar was attending a business meeting with representatives of various commercial insurance carriers on the 105th floor of Two World Trade Center. He was one of only seven survivors from that meeting of 54 executives.

Aims Community College invites members of local service clubs to attend a presentation by Dittmar on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Beaty Hall Theater. Aims Student Radio, 89.1 FM, will broadcast the live presentation, and listeners can stream the audio broadcast via

Dittmar’s eyewitness account of the sights, sounds and scenes from inside and outside the World Trade Center complex on 9/11 presents an intriguing and gripping perspective on what really happened before, during and after the terrorist attacks.

While steeped with facts and observations of historic proportions, he presents concepts and ideas on what was learned that day and what lessons can continue to be taught. His perspective deals with not only America’s political and militaristic vulnerability, but also with the awaking of the patriotic spirit and human determination. He stresses the point of “always remember and never forget,” urging the audience to help him continue to tell the story so that perhaps history doesn’t repeat itself. 

Dittmar is a 32-year veteran of the insurance industry, where he currently is serving as Vice President–Property for Risk Evaluation and Design in Durham, N.C. He has held senior management positions at Colony Insurance, Lexington Insurance, Allianz Global Risks, CNA Insurance Company and Wausau/Liberty Mutual Insurance. He is a Chapel Hill, N.C., resident, devoted husband and a father of four, grandfather of two and a member of the Naperville 9/11 Memorial Commission.

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