New York Police Sgt. John D’Allara was one of the first responders at the World Trade Center (WTC)on Sept. 11, 2001. D’Allara was an 18-year department veteran and was assigned to Squad 2 of the Emergency Services Unit. Inside the WTC, D’Allara and his fellow officers worked to rescue and recover the victims of that terror attack. His service sidearm, a 9 mm Smith & Wesson Model 5946 semi-automatic pistol, was found in the rubble alongside the remains of D’Allara’s body. All told, 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department, and over 2,800 civilians were killed on Sept. 11, 2001. This firearm is currently on loan to the NRA National Firearms Museum from the D’Allara family.
The NRA National Firearms MuseumatNRAHeadquarters inFairfax, Va.; theNRANational Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.; and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at theNRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.; all have fine selections of historic arms on display. Admission to each is free, and donations are gratefullyaccepted. For more information, visitnramuseums.com, phone(703) 267-1600 or email [email protected].| Photo by Michael Ives