Description Macho brand pair of red padded sparring shoes with black Velcro straps belonging to Carlos R. Lillo.
Historical Notes Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Carlos Lillo moved to New York City with his family at age 14. He lived in North Babylon, Long Island, with his wife, Haydee Cecilia. In his 16-year career in emergency medical services, Carlos helped deliver 36 babies—one mother chose to name her son after him. On September 11, Paramedic Lillo responded to the South Tower with the FDNY’s EMS Battalion 49. He was 37 years old.
Curator's Comment Carlos Lillo was a versatile athlete who played golf, baseball, and, while at Long Island City High School, served as captain of the gymnastics team. He took up martial arts as a young adult and practiced karate, earning a blue belt for his skill. Carlos wore these shoes when sparring with opponents. His self-defense training aided him as a paramedic when, occasionally, patients resisted his efforts to help them. HIDE