Accession Number: C.2016.20.1
Dimensions: 8 in X 8 ¾ in X 11 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 20.32 cm X 20.32 cm X 27.94 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Charles E. Kaczorowski, 9/11 survivor & Ground Zero rescue & recovery (2,274 hours)
Plastic hard hat with cap-style brim and interior ratchet suspension. The hard hat is white with the logo for the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) on the front and "Charlie K." is handwritten below the logo in gold-colored marker. Above the logo is a piece of paper with typed text attached with scotch tape. The text reads: "next time you think you're perfect, try walking on water." On the visor of the hard hat is a piece of paper with typed text attached with scotch tape. The text reads: "Ground Zero Site Supervisor | Midnight - 8 AM." "CAN DO" is written on both sides of the hat towards the top. On the back is handwritten in green marker: "HERE | 1st time | 2/26/93 | @ 2:17 P.M. | & | 2nd Time | @ GROUND ZERO 9/11/01 | Tues, 9:08 AM | NEVER AGAIN." The rest of the hat is covered in stickers and other taped attachments.
Charles Kaczorowski, or "Charlie K.", was a construction manager for the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). He wore this hard hat when he worked at Ground Zero as the overnight shift supervisor during the recovery period at Ground Zero. Kaczorowski worked at the site for 10 months, clocking 2,274 hours.
Kaczorowski passed away in March 2022.