‘She is the best of humanity’: Man’s delight at professor’s 13 year bid to reunite him with wedding photo found in the rubble of 9/11

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A woman who spent 13 years trying to find the owner of a wedding
photo found in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11
attacks has been called ‘the best of humanity.’

Fred Mahe, who worked on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower, had
pinned the photo to his office cubicle, but did not expect to see it
again after the terror attack in 2001.

But every September, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has posted image of the six people at a
wedding online to try and reunite it with its owner.

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Lost and found: After 13 years of searching, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe finally managed to reunite this image with its owner Fred Mahe. He worked on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower

Lost and found: After 13 years of searching, Elizabeth Stringer
Keefe finally managed to reunite this image with its owner Fred Mahe. He
worked on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Fred Mahe (right)  said Ms Keefe is representative of 'the best of humanity'

New friends: Fred Mahe (right) said Ms Stringer Keefe (left) is representative of ‘the best of humanity’

Yesterday she was finally successful after her tweet was re-posted 35,000 times
and after Mr Mahe saw it he sent Ms Stringer Keefe a message on
LinkedIn.

‘Attention wonderful world: ALL SIX PEOPLE ARE ALIVE
AND WELL AND I HAVE JUST SPOKEN TO ONE OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!! #Happyending
#911photo,’ Ms. Keefe tweeted yesterday.

Mr Mahe is pictured in the background of the photo, taken at a friend’s
wedding in Aspen – he was on his way to work when the attack occurred.

Owner: The photo of the wedding snap belonged to , who worked at the World Trade Center

Owner: The photo of the wedding snap belonged to , who worked at the World Trade Center

Photo owner Fred Mahe's wife Keri Costello Mahe is seen here. The couple have now moved to Colorado 

Photo owner Fred Mahe’s wife Keri Costello Mahe is seen here. The couple have now moved to Colorado

The pair talked for the first time over the phone and hope to meet up soon.

Mr Mahe told ABC News: ‘On 9/11 I saw the worst of humanity, (but) on 9/12 I saw the best of humanity.’

‘Elizabeth (Stringer Keefe) is 100 percent 9/12.’

‘The story is Elizabeth, the story is persistence and trying to help someone
she didn’t even know,’ said Mr Mahe, who now lives in Colorado with his
wife and children.

Mr Mahe also contacted Christine Loredo, the bride in the photograph, (pictured) who said she felt the photo was a 'great memento of resilience'

Mr Mahe also contacted Christine Loredo, the bride in the
photograph, (pictured) who said she felt the photo was a ‘great memento
of resilience’

The photo came into Ms Stringer Keefe’s possession
back in October of 2001, when a friend who uncovered it in some of the
rubble near the sight passed it off to her, and asked that she do
something meaningful with it.

‘There’s so much beauty and
happiness in the photo, and whatever relationship it had to 9/11, I
wanted to care for it until I could return it to its owner,’ said Ms
Stringer Keefe, who is an assistant professor at Lesley University.

Mr Mahe also contacted Christine Loredo, the bride in the photograph, who
said she felt the photo was a ‘great memento of resilience.’

‘I think it’s nice to know that people out there care so much for strangers,’ Mrs Loredo said.

‘It gives me confidence in humanity.’

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