New York, NY –
Firefighters from around the world gathered at Madison Square Garden in mid-October to memorialize the 343 colleagues they lost. But they and their families have been marking that loss throughout the year in many different ways.
Some have been wearing simple copper bracelets engraved with the names of lost firefighters. That idea came from a television producer named Carrie Cook, who wanted to do for them what someone had done for POWs in Vietnam.
Carrie Cook: I had remembered when I was a young girl having a POW bracelet which I still have. I had worn this as an 11 year old girl and through my adult life have been unable to part with it. It was just meaningful to me.
Now everyone from firefighters' sisters and wives to athletes in the Winter Olympics are wearing the bracelets, the proceeds going to charity. Among the very first to put them on were all six members of Anne Marie Werner's family in Rockaway, Queens. Werner is Carrie Cook's partner in distribution and she began with her children and firefighter husband.
Marianne McCune is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio (WNYC 93.9FM/AM820). Her stories frequently run nationally on NPR and have been widely distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. Marianne is currently producing in-depth reports on topics ranging from women’s boxing to the dangers of covering the drug war in Mexico. She has also reported on New York and New Jersey’s immigrant communities and the resulting cultural, economic, and political links between New York/New Jersey and almost everywhere else on earth.