Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2018.97.1
Dimensions: 30.875 in X 32 in X 2 in
Dimensions (Metric): 78.4225 cm X 81.28 cm X 5.08 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Firefighter Jason Ribisi, Special Operations Command
Black vest with orange and silver reflective stripes along the body. "FDNY | SPOTTER" is printed on the back of the vest in orange reflective letters.
In addition to searching for survivors, finding the bodies of victims buried in the ruins of the World Trade Center was a primary goal for those who worked at the site. Using their hands and small tools, rescue and recovery workers dug through debris piled 70 feet high and extending equally far belowground. Spotters scrutinized debris as operating engineers controlling grappler claws lifted loads of steel and all that was entangled in it. Hand signals and reflective apparel made searchers visible to grappler operators, minimizing the ever-present dangers to safety.