Description Recovered metal vise-grip, or locking pliers, belonging to Durrell V. Pearsall, Jr. The tool is heavily rusted.
Historical Notes Durrell Pearsall was raised and lived in Hempstead on Long Island. Much of his life revolved around FDNY Rescue Company 4. Captain of the FDNY football team, Durrell was also a drummer in the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and had a tattoo of the band’s logo. On September 11, Firefighter Pearsall responded to the towers. He was 34 years old.
Curator's Comment Firefighter and recreational football player Durrell Pearsall was nicknamed Bronko for his size, which called to mind the 1930s football great Bronko Nagurski. Following in his father’s footsteps, Pearsall began his career as a volunteer firefighter on Long Island and earned two medals of valor before joining the FDNY in 1993. He served with FDNY Rescue Company 4 and responded with his unit on September 11. Recovered with his remains in October 2001 was a belt equipped with tools, several of which he had customized himself, and a necklace with a medallion depicting St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. HIDE