Accession Number: C.2012.207.1
Dimensions: 8 ¼ in X 11 ½ in X 16 ½ in
Dimensions (Metric): 20.32 cm X 27.94 cm X 40.64 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Pfeifer family in memory of FDNY's 343 heroes
Off-white hard-shell fire helmet with gold-colored leather front piece with identifier "Chief Battalion 1 FDNY." The helmet has several yellow reflective stickers on the outside, a black rubber impact ring, and a thick Plexiglas flip visor.
At 8:46 a.m., firefighters at Engine Company 7 and Ladder Company 1 were on a routine assignment with the chief of Battalion 1, Joseph Pfeifer, investigating a reported gas leak several blocks north of the World Trade Center. Hearing a rumble, they looked up to see a large, low-flying plane. In horror, they watched as it crashed into the North Tower. Battalion Chief Pfeifer immediately signaled a “second alarm,” communicating the severity of the situation. Within two minutes, he then ordered the transmission of a “third alarm,” which called for the deployment of 23 engine and ladder companies, 12 chiefs, and 10 specialized units to the World Trade Center.