Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.477.2
Dimensions: 2.625 in X 3.75 in
Dimensions (Metric): 6.6675 cm X 9.525 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Pia Hofmann
The City of New York Department of Buildings Hoist Machine Operator License issued to Pia Hofmann. The front of the card has a head shot of Pia Hofmann on the right side. The left side classifies the license as "Unlimited." The back lists the license number, expiration date, and licensee information, including address. The card is signed.
Pia Hofmann was an operating engineer with Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, working at Ground Zero during the recovery period. She primarily operated a heavy construction vehicle used to remove debris. After weeks at the site, Hofmann recovered the remains of a civilian and insisted that they be accorded the same honor in removal as had been previously reserved for the remains of uniformed responders. From that day forward, when civilian remains were found, a member of the clergy was summoned, an honor guard formed, and the remains draped with an American flag as they were carried from the site.