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Unmasking our Heroes

Unmasking our Heroes

April 15, 2022 – August 2022

Unmasking our Heroes

In 2022, the Museum presented “Unmasking Our Heroes,” a special exhibit that celebrated the valiant efforts of the FDNY - and specifically the Emergency Medical Service members – the Paramedics, EMTs, and officers of the New York City Fire Department – during the pandemic, as well as the public's outpouring of support for first responders during that challenging time.


The COVID-19 pandemic is an historic event in the history of the world, our country, our city and the FDNY. The men and women of the FDNY have been on the front line, responding to thousands of requests for medical assistance related to the pandemic. On one day alone, FDNY members responded to over 6,500 911 calls - that is the single busiest day in the history of EMS.

Unmasking Our Heroes featured dozens of poignant images – including a moving video in which FDNY EMTs and Paramedics reflect on their service during the last two years – as well artifacts curated from the public and other items that highlight the heroism and extraordinary efforts of New York City’s Paramedics, EMTs and Firefighters. 


The Museum, which is committed to preserving the history of the FDNY, began curating the exhibition and seeking contributions from the public shortly after the pandemic began and New York City went into lockdown in March 2020. The exhibition also featured an interactive component allowing the public to leave personal messages thanking EMS and all members of the FDNY.

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