SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Helmet with protective shield.


Location: World Trade Center
Object #: 2002.0056
Source: Gift of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department


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Port Authority police memorial
Description: This rescue helmet and vest were part of the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York Police Department memorial at the site of the World Trade Center.

Context: When the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, the Port Authority Police Department immediately responded. Officers rushed into the north tower to rescue the trapped occupants and organize a safe evacuation. When the two towers collapsed, 37 men and women of the Port Authority Police Department and one police dog were killed.

In the days following the attack, makeshift memorials to those who died emerged around the city. This helmet and vest were used in the recovery operation before they were added to the memorial at the site of the World Trade Center.

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Port Authority Police Department vest
Mesh reflective vest worn over Port Authority Police Department officer’s uniform while directing traffic in and around the World Trade Center.
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Detail of a New York Port Authority Police Department memorial before the National Museum of American History collected the yellow firefighter helmet.
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Poster honoring Port Authority Police Department fallen
Poster honoring the thirty-seven members of the New York Port Authority Police Department who were killed on September 11, 2001. Transcript: We Salute these 37 Heroes from the Port Authority Police Department. One September 11, 2001, these officers, [...]
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Port Authority Police Department memorial
Florist Michael “Mikey Flowers” Collarone stands in front of a New York Port Authority Police Department memorial, next to the yellow firefighter helmet he helped collect for the National Museum of American History.
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Mikey’s Flowers
The shop owned by florist Michael “Mikey Flowers” Collarone, who tended many private memorials for the New York Port Authority Police Department at the World Trade Center site.




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