Description Pair of Rocky brand men's black leather boots. The boots are worn and damaged, the soles are completely deteriorated.
Historical Notes Boots worn by 9/11 first responder and survivor, PAPD Sgt. John McLoughlin.
Curator's Comment In 2001, Sgt. John McLoughlin, a veteran member of the PAPD, took charge of the 9/11 response with officers mobilized from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The collapse of the South Tower buried PAPD Sgt. John McLoughlin under thirty feet of World Trade Center debris. He was able to hear but could not see William Jimeno, a rookie PAPD officer who looked up to McLoughlin and had been following his orders on the morning of September 11, 2001. McLoughlin was pinned at his hip by a slab of concrete which caused him debilitating pain. Jimeno, who was stuck closer to a surface opening, attempted to get the attention of potential rescuers by yelling and banging on a pipe with the handcuffs he carried with him. Hours passed before those notification efforts were rewarded.
Two U.S. Marine reservists — Sgt. Jason Thomas and Staff Sgt. Dave Karnes — were walking through the wreckage in search of anyone trapped, when they heard Jimeno’s muffled call for help. Later that night, NYPD Detective Scott Straus, who was alerted to the initial discovery, managed to reach their buried location with NYPD officer Paddy McGee, and paramedic, Chuck Sereika. That rescue team labored for three hours to extract Jimeno from the rubble.
It would be several additional hours before the rescue team reached and managed to extricate McLoughlin. By the time Sgt. McLoughlin was rescued, he had been trapped for twenty-two hours and was experiencing symptoms of Crush Syndrome, a condition characterized by major shock and kidney failure after an injury caused by severe compression. McLoughlin’s resulting trauma was severe. He spent several months in the hospital and underwent numerous surgeries to address his grave, multiple medical issues. He would undergo years of physical therapy to rehabilitate his leg muscles.
Nearly 20 years after 9/11, McLoughlin agreed to donate his damaged boots to the Museum. They had never been worn again after being removed from his feet following his rescue. HIDE