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Age:
24
Place of Residence:
Floral Park, NY
Location on 9/11:
WTC
In Remembrance
Occupation:
New York Presbyterian Hospital | Paramedic
Reflections:
The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Keith Fairben Hero Award
Biography:

Keith G. Fairben was born the 20th day of October, 1976 to his parents Diane and Kenneth Fairben. At even an early age it was evident that Keith was a kind and caring person who was interested in helping others. By all accounts Keith enjoyed a good joke and reveled in playing practical jokes on his friends and family; never mean but always fun.

As he grew he took an interest in firefighting as an expression of his caring attitude toward others. He was a volunteer member of the Reliance Fire Company in Floral ParK, New York and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. This interest brought him to his career choice as a paramedic.

As a recent graduate of the paramedic program, Keith was working the BLS Unit 10-David on the morning of September 11. He and his partner were among the first ambulances dispatched to the World Trade Center. After the second aircraft struck the tower they proceeded into World Trade Center - Tower Two to treat the injured with his team. All contact with them was lost when the South Tower collapsed.

 

Keith

you don't know me and one of my regrets is never meeting you. I have the great blessing of being able to say I'm a good friend of your mum and dad. They are wonderful people and I know you that when I talk with your mum that you would've truly been all the amazing things she says you were. I start my Nurse training in two weeks time. We would've had a lot in common . We were even the same age you're just 2 months older than me.

I dedicate my training to you Keith. I hold you and your family in my heart always

From a friend you never knew the name of or saw the face of - but a friend all the same.

Julia

Posted by Julia Collyer-Crane

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