Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2012.489.1
Dimensions: 33 in X 25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 83.82 cm X 63.5 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Darryl Lewis
Navy blue long-sleeved button-up New York City Department of Correction ESU uniform shirt. The shirt includes four patches. On the left breast above the pocket is a blue patch with yellow embroidered text: "CAPT. LEWIS | 489." The left upper sleeve has the New York City Department of Correction patch. On the right breast above the pocket is a blue patch with white embroidered text: "EMERGENCY | SERVICE UNIT | NYC | CORRECTION." The right upper sleeve has the Department of Correction ESU patch.
The collar tips have small square patches with captain insignia embroidered in yellow. On the back of the shirt is a large blue patch with white embroidered text: "EMERGENCY | SERVICE UNIT | NYC | CORRECTION."
The New York City Department of Correction is responsible for New York City’s inmates. As its own entity, the DOC employs thousands of uniformed officers and civilian staff. Much like the NYPD, the agency is comprised of a Special Operations Division, K-9 Unit, Emergency Service Unit, and Harbor Unit. All parts of the agency played a role in the initial response effort on September 11 and remained at Ground Zero throughout the recovery period. Correction personnel provided coverage on-site, at the morgue, and at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island while simultaneously maintaining the security of inmates across New York City.