Accession Number: C.2018.63.2
Dimensions: 9.5 in X 5.5 in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 24.13 cm X 13.97 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Steven M. Simmons
Pair of leather-palmed construction gloves, dirty and heat-damaged. The gloves are tan with faded red-leather palms. Scorch marks are evident throughout, and they carry a heavy odor.
In 2001, Steven Simmons lived on Houston Street and worked in Westchester County as an equities trader. He was in mid-commute north when the terrorist attacks began to unfold at the World Trade Center on September 11th, forcing him to return to his apartment. Unsure of how to contribute to the immediate emergency response, Simmons went to his neighborhood firehouse, Engine 28/Ladder 11, and offered to cook for the rotating shifts of firefighters. While talking with them, Simmons mentioned in passing that he used to be an avid rock climber and could perform basic first aid. The firefighters urged Simmons to join the rescue effort underway at Ground Zero.
As a volunteer rescue worker, Simmons joined the bucket brigade on the afternoon of 9/11. When he arrived on the scene, Simmons was handed a hard hat and work gloves. He remained at the World Trade Center until Saturday, September 15, having never received any official credentials.