Past Installation

Local Hero: Chief Ronald R. Spadafora (1954−2018)

September 11, 2019 - January 26, 2020

A 40-year veteran of New York City's Fire Department and a leader of the recovery efforts after 9/11, Chief Ronald R. Spadafora is an American hero. He died in 2018 from leukemia caused by toxic exposure during his work at Ground Zero. This installation celebrates his memory and the legacy of New York's Bravest and includes artifacts like his bunker jacket and helmet from 2001 and three of his bestselling books and training manuals.

A 40-year veteran of New York City's Fire Department and a leader of the recovery efforts after 9/11, Chief Ronald R. Spadafora is an American hero. He died in 2018 from leukemia caused by toxic exposure during his work at Ground Zero. This installation celebrates his memory and the legacy of New York's Bravest and includes artifacts like his bunker jacket and helmet from 2001 and three of his bestselling books and training manuals.     

Local Hero: Chief Ronald R. Spadafora is on display in the Joel I. and Joan Picket Museum Treasures Case.

Exhibition Highlights

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Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media