Accession Number: C.2012.207.1
Dimensions: 8.25 in X 11.5 in X 16.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 20.955 cm X 29.21 cm X 41.91 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.