Testament in Steel

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On September 11, 2001, there were many stories of brave Americans seen on television and in newspapers. But the story of one American hero on that day is told by his gun.

Moments after hijacked aircraft struck the World Trade Center's twin towers, New York City's Emergency Services Units went into action. Truck Number 3 and 30-year-old police officer Walter Weaver were there to save lives in the wake of the terrorist attack. A Hicksville, NY native, Weaver had spent nine years with the NYPD and was first assigned to the 47th precinct. In 1998, he became a member of the Emergency Services Unit.

While trying to save victims trapped in elevators in the south tower, Weaver, a National Rifle Association member and avid bow hunter, lost his own life. Weaver's backup revolver, a stainless Smith & Wesson .38, was later found in the rubble of Ground Zero. This blackened and twisted double-action revolver, donated by his family, is part of the Modern Law Enforcement exhibit at the National Firearms Museum.