Photo credit: © Joe McNally
Accession Number: C.2006.17.1
Dimensions: 109 in X 44 in
Dimensions (Metric): 276.86 cm X 111.76 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, 2006. © Joe McNally.
Adrienne Walsh, Firefighter, Ladder 20 FDNY
Life-sized Polaroid photograph taken by Joe McNally depicting FDNY Ladder 20 firefighter, Adrienne Walsh. Walsh is wearing her full bunker gear and fire helmet.
Off-duty on the morning of September 11, 2001, Firefighter Adrienne Walsh saw smoke and flames at the World Trade Center while out for a morning run in Brooklyn. Catching a ride into lower Manhattan, Walsh ran to her firehouse, Ladder 20, where she had been assigned since joining the department in 1997. Collecting her bunker gear, Walsh connected with her captain and other members of the firehouse once she arrived at the disaster scene. She was searching their truck for a breathing apparatus that she could use while fighting the fires inside the North Tower when the building began to collapse. Witnessing what she described as a tornado hurtling towards her, Walsh became engulfed in the cloud of dust and debris. Through the rest of the day and in the months that followed, Walsh searched for survivors and victims at the site.
Adrienne Walsh has contributed her story to the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s oral history collection. McNally’s large-scale Polaroid portrait of Walsh is the first from the Faces of Ground Zero series acquired for the collection, in 2006.