Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of James Patrick Leahy. The bracelet is engraved: "James Leahy NYPD" followed by a small image of an American flag. The inside of the bracelet is engraved: "American Hero 9-11-01."
Historical Notes James Leahy was born and raised on Staten Island. He lived there with his wife, Marcela, and their three sons. To save for the boys’ education, James worked two part-time jobs while serving as an NYPD officer at the 6th Precinct. On September 11, Officer Leahy responded to the North Tower, carrying supplies up to firefighters. He was 38 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