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Hard hat.
This hard hat was worn by ironworker Dennis Quinn from Chicago, Illinois.






Location: World Trade Center


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Iron worker’s hard hat
Description: This hard hat was worn by an iron worker from Chicago, Illinois, who came to New York to help clear the debris of the World Trade Center.

Context: After the Twin Towers collapsed, construction workers from around the country came to New York to offer their skills in removing the tons of debris. Dennis Quinn traveled by car from Chicago with four fellow iron workers to join the rescue effort. Starting on September 17, he worked for six weeks (8 hours a day, seven days a week) untangling and removing the debris pile.

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Dennis Quinn at the World Trade Center site
Speed was very important in the Trade Center clean-up. Crews worked around the clock, three shifts a day, to search for victims of the collapse and clear the debris pile. Dennis Quinn worked the 4pm - 12am shift, seven days a week.
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Iron workers in the debris of the Trade Towers
Iron workers from Chicago, Illinois, Local 1 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, sit atop the debris with the heavily damaged Winter Garden in the background. Top row (left to right) Dennis [...]
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Chicago iron workers framed by New York skyline
Dennis Quinn and Tony Dunovsky from Local 1 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers pose in front of the World Trade Center site. Chicago is the home of Local 1 because the city was the birthplace [...]

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