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9/11 Hero: Man in the Red Bandanna (MUST read)
The Blaze ^ | 9-6-11 | Christopher Santarelli

Posted on 09/06/2011 11:25:16 PM PDT by STARWISE

ESPN interviewed those who knew and loved Welles Crowther, known among the heroes of 9/11 as

(MUST see video) “the man in the red bandana:”

Welles was 24-years-old on September 11, 2001. As mentioned by ESPN, Crowther played D-1 Lacrosse at Boston College, graduating in 1999 to then move on to New York City and work as an equities trader at Sandler, O’Neill and Partners on the 104th floor of the South Tower.

A volunteer firefighter, Welles gave a call to his mom after the first plane hit to let her know he was ok at 9:12 a.m. He would never speak to her again.

Welles mother Allison said she knew that her son was lost the moment she watched the South Tower collapsed, and with no signs of him at the end of September 2001, the family held a memorial service in Welles’ honor at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, N.Y. where over 1,000 people came to pay respects.

Welles’ remains were recovered on March 19, 2002 along with NYFD firefighters and emergency services personnel who had been operating a NYFD Command Center in the lobby of the South Tower. Welles wore the number 19 at Boston College.

“We were just ready to accept we would never hear anything” about what happened to Welles during his last hour, said Alison to Fox News at the family home in Upper Nyack for a September 2002 story.

Fox News reports that in the months following 9/11, Allison meticulously combed over every news video or article on the attack, hoping to see a glimpse of her son for any further information of what happened to him.

Then, on May 26, The New York Times published witness accounts of the last 102 minutes before the Twin Towers fell, featuring Judy Wein and Ling Young’s story of the man in the red bandanna.

“A mysterious man appeared at one point, his mouth and nose covered with a red handkerchief. He was looking for a fire extinguisher. As Judy Wein recalls, he pointed to the stairs and made an announcement that saved lives: Anyone who can walk, get up and walk now. Anyone who can perhaps help others, find someone who needs help and then head down.

In groups of two and three, the survivors struggled to the stairs. A few flights down, they propped up debris blocking their way, leaving a small passageway to slip through.

A few minutes behind this group was Ling Young, who also survived the impact in the sky lobby. She, too, said she had been steered by the man in the red bandanna, hearing him call out: ‘This way to the stairs.’ He trailed her down the stairs. Ms. Young said she soon noticed that he was carrying a woman on his back. Once they reached clearer air, he put her down and went back up.”

Knowing that her son always carried a red bandanna in his back right pocket, Welles’ mother believed that the description in the New York Times of the mysterious man with the red handkerchief was her son. After receiving a letter from Allison with a photo of Welles, Judy and Ling confirmed that Allison had finally found out what her son did in the last hour of his life.

Wearing the red bandanna, a childhood habit, Welles’ saved at least 18 lives acting as a firefighter, not an equities trader in the final hour of his life.

“If he hadn’t come back, I wouldn’t have made it,” said Wein to CNN. “People can live 100 years and not have the compassion, the wherewithal to do what he did.”

The Crowther family told Fox News that they gained a sort of peace in knowing Welles spent his last hour helping others.

While his life ended on September 11, Welles has lived on through his family, friends and those he saved. Tyler Jewell, a friend of Welles’, wore the red bandanna with him while competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics and reflects upon his friend and how he honors him:

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; 911tenthanniversary; groundzero; hero; jihadthis; wellescrowther
(By his mother) The Man in the Red Bandana ((MUST see))

Tears and tears .. yet comforting. Magnificent hero indeed, angel on earth. Welles Crowther, may you be in God's joyful, peaceful Heaven.
1 posted on 09/06/2011 11:25:21 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: onyx; RedMDer; Lady Jag; The Cajun; tubebender; musicman; trisham; DJ MacWoW; vox_freedom; ...

.. MUST read .. incredible hero ping!


2 posted on 09/06/2011 11:30:01 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Dang....

Made me cry.


3 posted on 09/06/2011 11:37:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: STARWISE

Great story.
Here is one of my favorites. Do check this out:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/674846/posts


4 posted on 09/06/2011 11:38:12 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for posting. Just watched Bio’s I Survived with firsthand accounts from survivors.


5 posted on 09/06/2011 11:41:36 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; Lancey Howard; Vendome

Hits you hard.

As the man said: what would you do in the last hour of your life....

Heroes among us, for sure.

No greater love.


6 posted on 09/06/2011 11:47:15 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

BTTT


7 posted on 09/07/2011 2:41:02 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks, Starwise...what a story.


8 posted on 09/07/2011 3:12:48 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: STARWISE

I actually saw this this weekend. It is an amazing story about a TRUE hero.


9 posted on 09/07/2011 4:18:52 AM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: STARWISE

Thank you so much for posting this. Still absorbing this and don’t have words right now... just tears.


10 posted on 09/07/2011 4:19:14 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: STARWISE

A very moving story, thank you for posting.
One minor drawback in the report offered by the Blaze. The writer refers to “Ling Young, who also survived the impact in the sky lobby.”
Impact? It wasn’t a meteorite.


11 posted on 09/07/2011 5:57:46 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Heavy the head that wears the tiara.)
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To: STARWISE

Thank you for posting this and pinging me.

I have tears running down my face after viewing this video my his Mother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoUgoZquFiM&feature=player_embedded

What a magnificent Hero!

Was he actually a Firefighter because she mentions his office at the WTC. Perhaps he was a ‘volunteer’?


12 posted on 09/07/2011 6:24:37 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (OMG means Obama Must Go in 2012!)
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To: JulieRNR21

he was a trader


13 posted on 09/07/2011 7:55:06 AM PDT by goodnesswins (My Kid/Grandkids are NOT your ATM, liberals! (Sarah Palin))
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To: STARWISE

Starwise, thank you for posting this. What a wonderful young man and truly a hero. God has another angel.


14 posted on 09/07/2011 9:02:00 AM PDT by 4integrity
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Julie, he had volunteered at 16 as a village firefighter. Then when he got the trading job and worked it for awhile, he really didn’t like sitting in front of a computer all day, and told his father he was thinking of changing careers to become a firefighter.

Don’t miss the first the video from ESPN. It’s so beautifully done.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6929979

He’s still on my heart today .. I’m in awe of his selflessness, valor and compassion. It’s like all his life and experiences were preparing him for this one momentous day and his ordained mission.

He didn’t hesitate to put others before himself in those harrowing moments of life and death, and truly exemplifies the words hero and angel. It’s the pain and sorrow of those who loved him and have him no more that hurts so deeply, but you sense he wouldn’t have made any other decision. It was just always in him.

What wonderful parents, to have raised this angel of a fine, young man. God comfort them.

More

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2002/america.remembers/stories/heroes/welles.html

http://www.crowthertrust.org/welles_story.htm

http://www.9-11heroes.us/v/Welles_Remy_Crowther.php


15 posted on 09/07/2011 11:58:20 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

BTTT


16 posted on 09/07/2011 12:17:26 PM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: STARWISE

Beautiful tribute to a very brave man. I don’t possess enough words to describe his actions and inspiration to others but it seems he was put there for that purpose. God Bless him and his family.


17 posted on 09/07/2011 1:29:26 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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Isn’t it breathtaking, dear Red.

I can’t get him out of my thoughts ..


18 posted on 09/07/2011 1:38:48 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: JulieRNR21
Perhaps he was a ‘volunteer’?

He was an equities trader at Sandler, O’Neill and Partners on the 104th floor of the South Tower.

AND he was a volunteer fire fighter......

19 posted on 09/07/2011 2:19:10 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!)
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To: STARWISE
Yes it is and it is great that his parents got the affirmation of their son's courageous action. They will see him again.
20 posted on 09/07/2011 4:05:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: STARWISE

That made me cry.


21 posted on 09/07/2011 4:27:06 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: RedMDer

It is .. what indescribable peace and comfort that must bring them. Think of all the other families of the lost
on that day who’ll never know.

Truly a blessing from God, and they know it and appreciate it so much.


22 posted on 09/07/2011 5:05:27 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
Thank you for the Ping and the Post, Starwise.

(((((God Bless)))))

23 posted on 09/07/2011 10:06:59 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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