Environmental Health and Safety sponsored a unique safety program with guest speakers Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, survivors of the tragic 2000 Seton Hall University fire.
The program included a showing of the acclaimed documentary “After The Fire: A Story of Heroes and Cowards,” which is based on journalist and author Robin Gaby Fisher’s seven-part series in the Newark Star-Ledger and later New York Times Best Selling book, “After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival.”
Llanos and Simons are survivors of the Jan. 19, 2000 fire in a campus residence hall at Seton Hall University that claimed the lives of three students and injured 58 others.
Four people, including Llanos and Simons, suffered life-threatening and life-changing burns.
During the program, which has been presented at colleges across the country, Llanos and Simons talked about their ordeal. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain they suffered. Also, they strive to be the voice of many burn victims who may feel “trapped in their new skin.”
Their story is one of survival, perseverance, inspiration, hope, courage and friendship.