Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Keith George Fairben. The bracelet is engraved: "Keith G. Fairben | 9-11-01 Paramedic NYPH."
Historical Notes Keith Fairben lived in his native Floral Park, Long Island, with his parents. Keith began volunteering at his local fire department at age 18 and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He made a career as a paramedic with New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. On September 11, he responded to the World Trade Center with his ambulance partner. Keith was 24 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