Description Memorial button created in memory of William J. McGovern. The button depicts a photograph of McGovern and printed text: "B.C. William J. McGovern." The plastic on the button is scratched.
Historical Notes Mineola, Long Island, native William McGovern lived in Smithtown with his wife, Mary. They had two children—a grown son and a school-age daughter. William used his flexible hours as a firefighter to spend time with his children, serving as a class parent and coaching their sports teams. On September 11, Battalion Chief McGovern responded to the towers with FDNY’s Battalion 2. He was 49 years old.