Photo credit: © Joe McNally
Accession Number: C.2015.293.2
Dimensions: 109 in X 44 in X 0.08 in
Dimensions (Metric): 276.86 cm X 111.76 cm X 0.2032 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joe McNally through the generous support of PhotoShelter, Inc. and Allen Murabayashi. Courtesy, Ellen Price, Inc. © Joe McNally.
Jason Cascone, Firefighter, Ladder 9
Life-sized Polaroid photograph taken by Joe McNally depicting Ladder 9 FDNY firefighter Jason Cascone in full bunker gear: he is wearing his helmet and his Scott Air-Pak and carrying an ax. There is dust residue on the bottom part of his right pant leg.
After graduating from the FDNY fire academy, Firefighter Jason Cascone's first day on the job was September 11, 2001. He was 21. His mother woke him up that morning and informed him about a fire at the World Trade Center. He called the FDNY Bureau of Training and was directed to report to the closest firehouse. He joined other FDNY members on a city bus headed to the site and recalled, "There was a chaplain...giving absolution to everyone."
The bus arrived at the World Trade Center after the North Tower had collapsed and the area was covered in dust and debris. Ten members of Cascone's firehouse, Engine 33 and Ladder 9, were killed that day. Some years later, Cascone reflected that the timing of his first day on the job only solidified his resolve to become a New York City firefighter and dedicate his life to keeping the public safe. In 2015, the FDNY promoted him to the rank of Battalion Chief.