SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Location: World Trade Center
Source: Gift of Battalion Chief Joseph W. Pfeifer, FDNY


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Firefighter's pry bar
Description: This firefighter's pry bar, known as an officer’s tool, was carried by New York Fire Department's Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, who was killed in the World Trade Center collapse.

Context: When the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, the New York Fire Department immediately responded. Officers set up a command center in the lobby of the north tower and sent firefighters up the stairs to rescue the trapped occupants and extinguish the raging fires. When the towers collapsed, numerous trucks were crushed, and 343 members of the New York Fire Department were killed, including Lt. Kevin Pfeifer.

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Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, FDNY firefighter killed on September 11; this photograph was taken on September 8, 2001.

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