The Man in the Red Bandana: A True American Hero

By Jake Melkun | USA

The man known as The Man in the Red Bandana, Welles Crowther, is a Boston College Economics graduate, equity trader for Sandler O’Neill & Partners, but most importantly a hero to 18 people who had their lives saved by him on September 11th, 2001.

Welles Remy Crowther was born on May 17, 1977, in New York City. He died on September 11, 2001, in New York City. When he was eight years old, Welles’ father gave him a red bandana that he wore under his sports uniforms. He played hockey in his youth and was also a firefighter for a period of time. After graduating and attending Boston College, he moved back to NYC and became an Equities Trader for a bank. Crowther worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

On the 11th of September, Welles helped over 18 people to safety, wearing the red bandana that his father gave him when he was eight years old. After the second plane hit the tower, Crowther led a group of people to the 61st floor, while carrying an injured woman on his back and directing another woman down with a fire extinguisher. After he got the group down to the 61st floor, he then went back up, still wearing the red bandana to protect himself, and saved more people by going back up. He joined a group of firefighters who could help people to escape after he found them. On March 19, 2002, his body was found in the South Tower lobby with other firefighters. He was only feet from getting out of the tower, yet he decided to stay to save more.

The new documentary named the “Man in the Red Bandana” has the most suitable tagline for this story of a hero; “He went up so others could come down.” On this day, let’s continue to remember those who died saving other lives. This story of Welles Remy Crowther is just one of hundreds of stories of lost men who saved thousands.




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