Description Recovered knife belonging to Durrell V. Pearsall, Jr. The knife has a dual blade with a smooth tip and serrated back as well as five holes in the handle.
Historical Notes Manhasset, Long Island, native Durrell Pearsall lived in Hempstead and spent time with his girlfriend, Karen. Much of his life revolved around FDNY Rescue Company 4. Captain of the FDNY football team, Durrell was also a drummer in the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and had the band’s logo tattooed on his calf. On September 11, Firefighter Pearsall responded to the towers. He was 34 years old.
Curator's Comment Firefighter and recreational football player Durrell Pearsall was nicknamed Bronko for his size, which called to mind the 1930s football great Bronko Nagurski. Following in his father’s footsteps, Pearsall began his career as a volunteer firefighter on Long Island and earned two medals of valor before joining the FDNY in 1993. He served with FDNY Rescue Company 4 and responded with his unit on September 11. Recovered with his remains in October 2001 was a belt equipped with tools, several of which he had customized himself, and a necklace with a medallion depicting St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. HIDE