Item no. 28022
New York
Occupation: Public employees
Collection: Martha Cooper

Work gloves, candles, cards and flowers on a shrine in front of the firehouse on West 31st Street. Twenty-one firefighters were lost from this firehouse and the three others that make up Battalion 7. Personal shrines mourning fallen colleagues were soon shared with the public, who stopped by to mourn and to pay tribute.

The shrines often incorporate photographs of fallen firefighters; the shot of the African American firefighter shown golfing is one. Note the lighting devices for the candles, the foil to catch the candle wax, and the unused work gloves, possibly left over from the overwhelming response to calls for donations of supplies to be used by rescue workers. Photograph taken by Martha Cooper October 1, 2001.

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