Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2015.283.4
Dimensions: 3.375 in X 2.625 in X 0.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 8.5725 cm X 6.6675 cm X 1.27 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Lawrence A. Dobrin
Office of Chief Medical Examiner patch in navy blue with gold colored embroidery. Embroidered text on the patch reads: "The City of New York | Office of Chief Medical Examiner." In the center is the caduceus on the scales of justice. Attached to the patch is a gold and blue lapel pin.
The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner was tasked with identifying remains of those who perished at the World Trade Center, a process that expanded into the largest forensic DNA investigation in U.S. history. On 9/11, the OCME immediately established temporary field mortuaries in buildings around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site to assist with the recovery of remains. Its operations expanded to Bellevue Hospital, which served as headquarters for the identification of remains. The OCME continues to preserve all unidentified remains in the hope that future technological breakthroughs may make additional identifications possible.