Description Karate black belt belonging to Patrick John Brown. The belt includes gold embroidered text in Japanese.
Historical Notes Oak Park, Illinois, native Patrick Brown lived in Manhattan. He had a psychology degree and karate black belt. Paddy became a U.S. Marine at 17, serving in Vietnam and rising to sergeant. He joined the FDNY in 1977 and was among its most decorated members. On September 11, Captain Brown responded with Ladder Company 3 and was last heard on a phone call from the North Tower’s 35th floor. He was 48 years old.
Curator's Comment Captain Patrick “Paddy” Brown’s career with the FDNY spanned 24 years. Adept at many sports, he maintained his athleticism both inside and outside the firehouse. A New York Metro Golden Gloves boxer, yoga practitioner, and avid runner who participated in six marathons, Brown was also dedicated to karate. In addition to earning his black belt, he volunteered to teach the martial art to the blind in his spare time. “Pat never did anything halfway,” recalled his sister-in-law, Janet. “He did everything he was involved with 100 percent." HIDE