Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Thomas Anthony Casoria. The bracelet is engraved: "FF Thomas Casoria | 9-11-01 FDNY Engine 22." A small American flag is printed to the left of the name.
Historical Notes Queens native Thomas Casoria lived in the Whitestone neighborhood. He and his fiancée, Terry, planned to wed in October 2001. Thomas was known for his comedic impersonations of characters from The Honeymooners television show. A member of FDNY Engine Company 22, on September 11, Firefighter Casoria radioed that he and comrades were helping a woman on the North Tower’s fifth floor. He was 29 years old.
Curator's Comment Building on a tradition begun during the Vietnam War era to remember American prisoners of war and those missing in action, bracelets bearing the names of victims emerged after 9/11 as a way to honor those killed in the attacks. Some bracelets also bear personal inscriptions and images, including the American flag, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and insignia reflecting a victim’s status as a first responder. Whether worn by relatives and friends of the victim or by empathetic strangers, 9/11 memorial bracelets created an intimate connection to individual victims while also communicating a shared sense of loss and compassion. HIDE