Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2022.44.2
Dimensions: 12 in diameter
Dimensions (Metric): 30.48 cm diameter
Credit Line: Gift of Kathy Ripley
Oversized commemorative patch. The patch is circular with dark yellow threaded trim. "SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 WORLD TRADE CENTER" is embroidered at the top in blue thread. "FALLEN HEROES" is in white with red at the bottom. In the center of the patch are the three insignias for the first responder agencies: NYPD - FDNY - PAPD. The Twin Towers are embroidered in black in the center of the insignias with a fire helmet hung to the top of the North Tower and a police cap hung on the top of the South Tower. In the background are stars and stripes.
Bill Barton was 70 years old at the time of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Having served in the U.S. military as a firefighter, police chaplain, and disaster chaplain with the American Red Cross, Barton responded to the Pentagon soon after it was struck. It is unclear precisely how long Barton served at the Pentagon.
Later in October, Barton was dispatched by the American Red Cross to serve at Ground Zero. Barton was assigned to bless human remains being brought to one of the four DMORT stations in the city and also offered prayers when the bodies of victims were carried out of the wreckage.
Barton died in 2019, at age 88. His daughter, Kathy Ripley, believes that his declining health was exacerbated by exposure to Ground Zero dust.