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.
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