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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Firefighting objects from FX’s “Rescue Me” going to Smithsonian

The donations to the Smithsonian’s popular culture collections just keep coming.

This Thursday Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, two of the cast of “Rescue Me,” the firefighters’ series on FX, are donating some of their gear to the National Museum of American History.

The series is about the firefighters of 62 Truck and their work and relationships in a New York City fire station. The museum has linked this event to their programs leading up to the 10th anniversary of September 11. The museum was designated the official repository of 9/11 artifacts by Congress and has collected from many heroes of the day, including firefighters.
The Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem written by Francis Scott Key, rests at the National Museum of American History. Soon objects from “Rescue Me” will be part of the Smithsonian collections. (SUSAN BIDDLE - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Dwight Blocker Bowers, the curator of the museum’s entertainment collections, will accept a firefighter costume and some tools from the show’s cast and its executive producer Peter Tolan.

The show, by the way, returns for its final season Wednesday night.

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