If you are looking for something to do on Wednesday night, San Diego uber hotspot Side Bar is lending its prestige to shine a spotlight on its already popular ‘industry night’ and will host its First Responders Appreciation Night. As the 12-year anniversary of one of the most infamous days in United States history approaches, Side Bar is opening its doors and marking the anniversary by remembering the fallen, and honoring the courage of the first responders on scene during one of the most tragic days in American history. The charitable event will honor the bravery of those that lost their lives in the line of duty on 9/11 and will feature a special guest in attendance who was on the front lines arriving just minutes after the attacks and one of the first responders as the towers were hit by American Airlines flight #11 and United Airlines flight #175 that fateful morning.
Joe Torrillo, now retired, is a celebrated hero whose presence on Wednesday may be considered nothing short of a miracle after his bravery 12 years ago nearly cost the former FDNY lieutenant his life. For Torrillo, Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 started off routinely, like it did for many others, but would take a drastic turn as he was headed to a scheduled press conference that morning. Joe would never make it to the press conference as he rushed into action shortly after hearing the news of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. As the former fire lieutenant was in the process of helping civilians and workers to safety during the chaos, the buildings came down right on top of him. Torrillo was later rescued from beneath the falling debris leaving the former FDNY lieutenant with life-threatening injuries which included multiple fractures and internal bleeding to say the least. Torrillo was actually buried twice beneath debris during this tragic event and survived to tell the miraculous story and will be in attendance for the memorable evening.
Joe Torrillo's heroic tale of survival and bravery is just one of the many reasons to be in attendance for Side Bar's charitable event which will see its proceeds go towards the Firefighters Relief Association. Side Bar will be providing an interesting twist on how their drinks are served on the evening by having firefighters and EMT’s roll up their sleeves to serve drinks to attendees with all of the tips going towards the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association. Side Bar's charitable event looks to be the toast of the gaslamp district and will also be donating proceeds from champagne bottle service to the Fireman's Relief Association.