Accession Number: C.2016.84.1
Dimensions: 7 in X 9 in X 12 in
Dimensions (Metric): 17.78 cm X 22.86 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of FBI Special Agent Richard Stallings
FBI rescue helmet. The helmet is black with a cap-style brim, rubber impact rim, and chin strap. On the front is the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation logo. A sticker of an American flag is to the right. Next to the flag is a strip of black Velcro with an attachment and another strip of Velcro for affixing identification. Above the empty Velcro is a label that reads "Team 4," and below the label is: "Stallings." On the back side of the helmet are two orange reflective stickers with "FBI | Stallings" written in black marker. The left side of the helmet has a bright yellow sticker with black text: "P.D.N.Y. | In Memory of Brothers in Battle."
Assigned to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force in Washington, D.C., Richard Stallings was wrapping up an arrest on September 11, 2001, when he heard that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. Soon after, he received a transmission over his FBI radio that directed all FBI personnel on the streets to deploy to the Pentagon in response to reports of a plane crash and smoke. Upon arriving, Stallings put on his FBI raid jacket and work gloves and joined in the search for survivors. Entering the building near the aircraft’s point of entry, Stallings made his way through dark, smoky corridors, calling out to let anyone injured or trapped know that help was nearby.
Stallings assisted with rescue efforts throughout the day and continued to work at the Pentagon until late October. He was issued this FBI helmet and an identification card, giving him clearance to search all areas of the Pentagon.