Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2009.291.3
Dimensions: 5 ¾ in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 12.7 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Hurley
Mini Maglite brand black flashlight with a black leather belt case.
On February 26, 1993, when the bomb exploded at 12:18 p.m. and power failed, hundreds were stranded on the Observation Deck, a tourist attraction on the 107th floor of the South Tower. Port Authority Observation Deck supervisor Michael Hurley used this flashlight to lead trapped tourists, including approximately 30 elementary school students on a field trip, out of dark, smoke-filled stairwells. He brought them to the roof to escape the rising smoke. More than four hours later, the tourists were escorted down the stairs to street level. Hurley remained to search for stranded tenants and vendors. He was airlifted from the roof by helicopter later that night.