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    Hello folks-

    I'm new here, am paid & vol Fire/Rescue/EMS for about 8 years total and joined specifically to ask this question: On some of the larger city department helmets (FDNY, Boston, etc.) I've seen what appear to be large gold medallions attached to some helmet bands. Can anyone tell me what these are?

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    Are you refering to finials/shield holders such as these:
    http://www.fdhelmets.com/helmets_with_fronts.htm
    or something else?

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    What I'm referring to is pictured here; the medallion attached to the band just to the side of the shield. I've seen this a few times and was curious as to what it is.

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    Rank?.....

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    That was my guess, I had just never seen it attached anywhere other than the shield.

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    My guess would be a St. Florian medallion. When I visited there years ago, a brother gave me one. I keep it in a keepsake box in my locker, I thought it was too nice of a gift to wear on my lid.
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    It's just a pin. I had one on my leather for years that said "NOT!"
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    Could be a novelty pin, a florian medallion, a 9/11 medallion, or a challenge coin. Our department issues challenge coins and most of us wear them on our lids in this fashion. Stay safe.
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    Guys wear all kinds of things on their helmets; could be just about anything. In the pic above it does look like a Captain's insignia. Possible he wears it in honor or memory of a friend or relative.
    On that part of helmet is not where rank would be displayed.

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    The picture is of Lt. Stephen Minehan, Boston Fire Department, Ladder 15, killed in the line of duty June 24, 1994.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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