Photo credit: © Joe McNally
Accession Number: C.2019.63.1
Dimensions: 109 in X 44 in X 1/16 in
Dimensions (Metric): 276.86 cm X 111.76 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum. © Joe McNally.
Bryan Brady II, Charlie Lyons, Daniel Doyle, Ironworkers, Local 40
Life-sized Polaroid photograph taken by Joe McNally depicting Local 40 Ironworkers, Bryan Brady II, Charlie Lyons, and Daniel Doyle. All three men are wearing work clothes, work boots, and hard hats. Brady and Lyons have their site credentials around their necks.
At Ground Zero, multi-ton steel beams making up the mountainous debris pile had to be measured and stabilized to avoid collapse and further injury on site. Each giant obstacle was then cut in large sections by skilled ironworkers. Every piece was then carefully removed, thereby enabling rescue and recovery personnel to search for survivors and bodies in the vicinity. Charlie Lyons, who centers the McNally portrait, remarked to the photographer: “We’re on the front lines. We have to do our jobs before the firefighters can get there with their picks and shovels; it’s heart-wrenching, sorrowful. But we’re glad that we can help in some way.”
In an interview with the New York Times published in November 2002, Brooklynite Danny Doyle, depicted on the right, was one of the veteran ironworkers interviewed about those long shifts at the site. He attributed his ability to perform the necessary job to teamwork, “banding together and talking each other through the horror.” Bryan Brady II (left), an ironworker since 1984, worked at the World Trade Center site in both the aftermath of the 1993 bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was a general foreman at Ground Zero, responsible for overseeing ironworkers from midnight to noon, working in that role until the end of November. He continued to work at the site until February and in Summer 2002 returned for a 14-month project to build a new PATH train center.
Bryan Brady has contributed his story to the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s oral history collection.