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.