Description Recovered FDNY-issued bunker coat belonging to Matthew L. Ryan. "F.D.N.Y Batt Chief Ryan" is printed on the back of the coat in yellow reflective lettering. Inside the coat is handwritten "M L Ryan | 2985." The coat has been washed.
Historical Notes Brooklyn native Matthew Ryan lived in Seaford, Long Island, with his wife, Margaret. The couple had four children. To help his children build their vocabularies, Matthew challenged them to “Stump Mr. Ryan” by finding words he did not know. A 28-year FDNY veteran, he became Chief of Battalion 4 in 2000. On September 11, Battalion Chief Ryan responded to the World Trade Center. He was 54 years old.
Curator's Comment Firefighters responding to fires wear protective clothing known as bunker gear, which is constructed of heavily insulated and highly fire-resistant fabric. Bunker gear greatly reduces the risk of burns and allows firefighters to remain at a fire longer than they would be able to wearing ordinary clothing. HIDE