Skip to comments.9/11 Hero: Man in the Red Bandanna (MUST read)
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, ONeill 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 Youngs 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 hadnt come back, I wouldnt 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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.. MUST read .. incredible hero ping!
Made me cry.
Here is one of my favorites. Do check this out:
Thanks for posting. Just watched Bio’s I Survived with firsthand accounts from survivors.
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.
Thanks, Starwise...what a story.
I actually saw this this weekend. It is an amazing story about a TRUE hero.
Thank you so much for posting this. Still absorbing this and don’t have words right now... just tears.
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.
Thank you for posting this and pinging me.
I have tears running down my face after viewing this video my his Mother:
What a magnificent Hero!
Was he actually a Firefighter because she mentions his office at the WTC. Perhaps he was a ‘volunteer’?
he was a trader
Starwise, thank you for posting this. What a wonderful young man and truly a hero. God has another angel.
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.
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.
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.
Isn’t it breathtaking, dear Red.
I can’t get him out of my thoughts ..
He was an equities trader at Sandler, ONeill and Partners on the 104th floor of the South Tower.
AND he was a volunteer fire fighter......
That made me cry.
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.