Description Rough Rider brand pair of leather palm heavy-duty work gloves with blue cotton cuff fabric and bright yellow canvas back and knuckle straps. The gloves are worn and dirty. "Thank You!" is written on the leather palms of both gloves.
Historical Notes Gloves with the words "Thank You!" written on each palm and worn by Emergency Service Unit Officer David Brink of the New York Police Department while working at Ground Zero.
Curator's Comment On September 11, 2001, New York City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit (ESU) teams responded to the unfolding disaster at the World Trade Center. These teams are trained to assist people trapped or injured in dangerous settings. Officer David Brink, assigned to ESU Squad 3, based in the Bronx, joined rescue efforts in the North Tower.
Although he survived the collapse of both towers, Brink sustained injuries to his eyes from the debris cloud. He returned to Ground Zero a week later to work on the rescue and recovery, remaining on site as a part of the day shift until operations were concluded on May 30, 2002.
Work gloves and other articles of durable clothing and gear essential for the harsh conditions at the World Trade Center site were made available to workers in hospitality tents and other places near Ground Zero. Many of the items had been donated by individuals, groups, and religious, civic, and other organizations across the country. This pair of work gloves, with the motivating phrase "Thank You!" written on each palm, typifies the care taken by those who wished to support the rescue and recovery workers to personalize even the most practical work accessories for use at Ground Zero. HIDE