Description Leather fire helmet belonging to Captain Patrick John Brown. The ceremonial front piece includes the title "Captain," the number 3 for Ladder 3, and two axes denoting the rank of captain.
Historical Notes Oak Park, Illinois, native Patrick Brown lived in Manhattan. He had a psychology degree and karate black belt. Paddy became a U.S. Marine at 17, serving in Vietnam and rising to sergeant. He joined the FDNY in 1977 and was among its most decorated members. On September 11, Captain Brown responded with Ladder Company 3 and was last heard on a phone call from the North Tower’s 35th floor. He was 48 years old.
Curator's Comment Responding on 9/11, Ladder Company 3 Captain Patrick "Paddy" Brown wore a different helmet than one he had left in the trunk of his car. It was this unworn helmet, recently relined, that served as Brown’s surrogate at a memorial service held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on November 9, 2001, the date that would have been his 49th birthday. HIDE