Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2010.280.1
Dimensions: 8 in X 10.75 in X 15.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 20.32 cm X 27.305 cm X 39.37 cm
Credit Line: Gift from The Beckwith Family
Black leather fire helmet with red leather front piece with identifier "164" and personalized with a small American flag pin and gold-colored apple pin on the strap above the helmet rim. The helmet is worn, slightly dusty, and shows significant soot coverage, particularly on the visor.
Retired FDNY firefighter Bob Beckwith volunteered in the search efforts at Ground Zero in the days after the attacks. He was wearing this helmet when U.S. President George W. Bush visited the site on September 14. Beckwith stood next to President Bush atop a pile of wreckage when the President addressed the rescue and recovery workers: “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!