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Seton Hall University Fire Documentary Screening
at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on November 17, 2011

Livingston, NJ – The depth of human character is rarely tested to such an extent as it was, and still is, for Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons following the Seton Hall University fire nearly 12 years ago. For these two young men, overcoming this catastrophe has meant healing on many levels and a reintegrating of themselves into a life they once knew; a life that was set ablaze on January 19, 2000. The documentary film, “After the Fire,” provides a glimpse into the passionate struggle and heroism of these two burn victims as they journey from that fateful night, through months of recovery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., to the lives they know today.

The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center invites the community to a free screening of “After The Fire” on November 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Islami Auditorium at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039.  Meet and hear from Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Robin Gaby Fisher, whose novel about Llanos and Simons inspired the documentary. Advanced reservations are required; please contact Beverly Foster, Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, at 973.322.4344 or The film is 40 minutes long.  Light refreshments and complimentary parking will be provided.

This account of Llanos and Simons’ life affected so many people including Emmy winning film director/producer Guido Verweyen, who has made it his goal to retell their extraordinary story. “Rarely comes a story along that rattles and shakes you to the core and at the same time celebrates the power of the human spirit in a more memorable and gripping way,” Verweyen said. “It’s Shawn’s and Alvaro’s lives in ‘After the Fire’ that makes this story extraordinary. Their loyalty to each other, and their resolve to live their best lives, despite the tragedy, will hopefully touch a wide audience.” The film also tells the dramatic search for the two arsonists – and the elaborate cover up that nearly obscured the truth.  To learn more or to watch the movie trailer go to

Date:November 4, 2011

Contact: Samantha Anton
Assistant Director, Public Relations and Marketing
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
973-322-5425, phone
973-324-5208, fax


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