Accession Number: C.2016.74.1
Dimensions: 29 ½ in X 64 ¾ in X 3 in
Dimensions (Metric): 73.66 cm X 162.56 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of John Feal
Red athletic varsity jacket with white leather sleeves. The back of the jacket has the FealGood Foundation logo in white, and the front of the jacket carries numerous patches.
Patches on the right breast of the jacket include a red, white, and blue FealGood Foundation patch with a black silhouette of the Statue of Liberty, a tenth anniversary FealGood Foundation patch with "No Responder Left Behind" slogan, a United States Senate patch depicting the US coat of arms, a 9/11 10-year anniversary NYPD patch, and a black and gray Department of Corrections uniform patch.
Patches on the left breast of the jacket include two September 11, 2001, commemorative patches, an NYPD uniform patch, an FDNY uniform patch, an NYPD ESU uniform patch, and an NYCD Correction ESU uniform patch.
Demolition worker John Feal was injured days after arriving at Ground Zero, resulting in the amputation of part of a foot. Initially denied compensation he believed he was due, Feal became a grassroots advocate for responders, recovery workers, and survivors facing illness and mounting medical expenses. The FealGood Foundation, established in 2005 to raise funds on behalf of recovery workers, championed the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act of 2015, and finally the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act" in 2019.
Feal wore this jacket as part of the group’s efforts to raise awareness of 9/11-related health issues. In gratitude, first responders gave him many of the patches on the front of the jacket.