Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Ricardo J. Quinn. The bracelet is engraved: "Paramedic Lt. Ricardo Quinn | FDNY Battalion 57."
Historical Notes Ricardo Quinn grew up in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx. He and his wife, Virginia, were raising three boys in Bayside, Queens. A U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Ricardo loved the water and Jones Beach, where he was known for making life-size sand sculptures. He served as a paramedic with FDNY Battalion 57 and, on September 11, was seen entering the South Tower. Ricardo was 40 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