Bright Star


Description: This flashlight (marked “W. T. C. FIRE SAFETY”) was issued to Hilary North, a fire warden for Aon Risk Services, Inc.

Context: While about 2,200 office workers died in the World Trade Center attack, many thousands more were able to escape through the elevators and stairs. Following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the Port Authority made building improvements and increased fire and emergency training for the building occupants. Tenants selected fire wardens for every floor, and each warden was issued a whistle, a hat, and a flashlight. Luckily Hilary North was not yet in her 103rd-floor office when the September 11 attack occurred, because she had stopped to vote in the New York City primary election. Many of her Aon co-workers were able to evacuate, but 175 employees died in the south tower collapse.

Location: Currently not on view

Associated: United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center

Associated Subject: September 11 Terrorist AttacksRelated Event: Attack on the World Trade CenterSeptember 11th Attacks


See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11, September 11


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Credit Line: Hilary North in memory of Mayra Valdes-Rodriguez

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0059.01Catalog Number: 2002.0059.01Accession Number: 2002.0059

Object Name: Flashlight

Measurements: overall: 20.5 cm x 6.5 cm; x 8 1/16 in x 2 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1001087

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