Survivors of Seton Hall University fire to speak at Bridgewater College

bridgewaterIn the early morning hours of Jan. 19, 2000, college roommates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos were asleep on the third floor of their six-story freshman residence at seton hall University when arsonists started a fire in the lounge on the same floor. Three students died and 56 were injured. Simons and Llanos, two of the most critically burned, ended up in comas at Saint Barnabas’s Medical Center Burn Unit.

Simons, whose hands were left scarred by the flames and Llanos, who suffered third-degree burns to approximately 60 percent of his body, will speak on “After the Fire” on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College. The program is free and open to the public.

While in the hospital, Simons and Llanos made a pact to not only help each other live the best lives they could, but also forgive their wrongdoers and help each other along the road to recovery.

Both completed their degrees at seton hall and now help other burn survivors overcome their injuries through a support group at Saint Barnabas’s.

Simons and Llanos share their story as advocates for fire safety and prevention so that others will not have to endure the pain that they have suffered. Their story is one of survival, perseverance, inspiration, hope, courage and friendship.

Their story, After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival, was written by journalist Robin Gaby Fisher. A documentary, After the Fire: A True Story of Heroes & Cowards, was directed by Guido Verweyen.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college, located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate students.

Books from AFP

2018-19 UVA Basketball Preview: Just $1.99 on Amazon!

UVA Basketball finished the 2017-18 season ranked at the top of the national polls. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham offers his insight and analysis on the 2018-19 'Hoos, breaking down the roster, the legacy of coach Tony Bennett, and how the loss to UMBC could fuel a run through March Madness next spring.

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Just $3.49 on Amazon!

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and The Rock 'n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

Mad About U: History of University Hall available on Amazon for just $5.99!

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall is a comprehensive book covering the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. Join us as we look back at the memories from more than 40 years in U Hall.

News From Around the Web

Shop Google