Inside Story at WTC
Hero fire chief's 'Last Man Down' is a first

By MICHELE McPHEE
Daily News Police Bureau Chief

In the long seconds after Richard Picciotto heard the thunderous boom of the north tower collapsing Sept. 11, the 28-year FDNY veteran had one thought: "Get the men out."

In the pitch-dark building, cut off from radio contact, the battalion chief picked up a bullhorn.

"Drop your gear and run," he bellowed until hoarse, running up the stairwell