SEPTEMBER 11
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Defense Protective Services uniform.


Location: Pentagon
Source: Gift of Officer Isaac Ho‘opi‘i


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Pentagon rescuer's uniform and artifacts
Description: This material from Officer Isaac Ho‘opi‘i includes his uniform (shirt with insignia, trousers, boots, and name tag), his shield, his dog Vito’s collar and shield, a K-9 patch, and a poster of Vito.

Context: Hearing a report on his patrol-car radio of the terrorists’ attack on the Pentagon, Isaac Ho‘opi‘i (a native of Hawaii) rushed to the destroyed portion of the building. He quickly realized that many people were trapped inside and disoriented by the thick smoke. After carrying a number of people to safety, he ventured as far as he dared go into the smoke-filled building, calling out in his booming deep voice: “Come towards my voice.” Ho‘opi‘i is credited with saving many lives.

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Vito’s collar and shield
Vito’s dog collar and shield, from the Pentagon’s Defense Protective Service Police/K9 Explosives Detection Unit. Transcript: Left: POLICE DEFENSE PROTECTIVE SERVICE Right: DEFENSE PROTECTIVE SERVICE POLICE K-9 EXPLOSIVES DETECTION UNIT SEMPER [...]
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Isaac Ho‘opi‘i carrying Olympic torch
On December 21, 2001, the Olympic Torch Relay stopped at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for a ceremony honoring the seventy officers who died on September 11. Officer Isaac Ho‘opi‘i and Vito, accompanied by twelve Pentagon police colleagues, [...]
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Dog trading card featuring Vito. Transcript: POLICE SEMPER VOLANIS DEFENSE PROTECTIVE SERVICE 1987 DEFENSE PROTECTIVE SERVICE K-9 Division "Vito"
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"...he used his deep baritone voice to call out 'Follow my voice.'"
William Yeingst
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Social History

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