Honor-bound: Iconic Brooklyn Heights firehouse door headed to 9-11 Museum

In tribute: The iconic door of Brooklyn’s Heights Engine 205 has been taken down and could go on display at the 9-11 Museum.
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This door is history!

Brooklyn Heights’ Bravest have taken down the iconic door from their Middagh Street firehouse, which is emblazoned with a mural paying tribute to its eight firefighters who died at ground zero on 9-11, and sent it off to the 9–11 Museum in Manhattan, where it will eventually go on display if all goes to plan, according to one of the blaze-busters.

“It will be displayed in the 9-11 Museum for all to see, but for now will be in storage,” said Engine 205 Ladder 118 station firefighter Gerard Bellettiere.

Two artists and one firefighter painted the door shortly after 9-11 with a scene of the Brooklyn Bridge, the U.S. flag, the Twin Towers with a cross on top, and eight stars to represent the station’s men who were killed while working at the scene when the towers fell — Vernon Cherry, Leon Smith, Robert Regan, Pete Vega, Joey Agnello, Scott Davidson, Robert Wallace, and Martin Egan.

A local photographer snapped a now-famous photo of Ladder 118 speeding across the Brooklyn Bridge towards the towers that the Daily News splashed across its cover.

Bellettiere said he was sad to see the door leave the firehouse, but he thinks putting it on display at the museum will be a fitting tribute to the fallen heroes and will mean a lot to their loved ones.

“To us the door means a lot because of the fact that it’s representing the guys we lost and not to mention it means a lot to the families because some of the families never found any of the remains from the guys who were killed that day,” he said. “As well as the memorial, it’s a tribute to them.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
Glad you could use the material I sent you to publish this; sorry we weren't able to connect on the phone.

However, that's a really old photo. The building on the left has been finished for several years, and Lena Dunham is one of the people now living there.
Nov. 4, 2016, 1:11 pm
Clara from Park Slope says:
Not only does Lena Dunham live next door to this building, she's the real reason the door was removed! She's offended by America, and insisted that it be taken to a place where she could not see it! She said that looking at Americans "makes her sick to her stomach".
Nov. 5, 2016, 9:36 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Clara, not everyone happens to be an extreme nationalist. Just because there are those that don't wave the flag 24-7, it doesn't mean that they hate the country. As a matter of fact, I find those who can understand their country's flaws care about it even more. Although I do support this country, I won't be supporting it blindly. More importantly, extreme nationalists have been known for supporting forms of discrimination on minority groups as well as believing that anyone who doesn't agree with them should be arrested for treason especially if they don't believe in wars that are completely unnecessary like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nov. 6, 2016, 3:50 pm
Anonynous from South Brooklyn. says:
Artists names are Kye Carbone, Kia Carbone and firefighter Frank Visco.
Nov. 6, 2016, 5:15 pm
Hontisha from East New York says:
Dang Tal - why do you and Lena Dunham hate America so much? If looking at Americans disgusts the two of you so much, you can move to Afghanistan.
Nov. 7, 2016, 3:31 am
Susan Woobles says:
I guess Lena Dunham would have preffered a mural of Al-Quaeda! Does the same apply to you Tal? Would you paint a mural of Al-Quaedas over this mural of Americans???
Nov. 7, 2016, 7:42 am
Tess from Dumbo says:
So sad to see this iconic door leave but I guess it will go on preserved forever. America voted and could care less what Dunham and friends have to say about anything. Just waiting for them all to leave our country.
Dec. 3, 2016, 7:08 am

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