Who was the man in the red bandana? He was an everyday person who went to college, played DI lacrosse, and got a job. He was colleague, a son, and a friend. But on September 11th, 2001, he came so much more. He became a hero. Two decades later, we remember Welles Remy Crowther.
Welles grew up in New York and pretty much had a normal childhood. He was very involved with the cub and boy scouts, and naturally picked up sports. He was especially good at hockey and lacrosse. Welles also had a passion for helping people. When he was 16, he joined Empire Hook and Ladder Co in Nyack, New York as a junior member. He joined as a full member at age 18 and began fighting fires and dealing with emergency situations. Welles played lacrosse at Boston College all four years, graduated in 1999 with an economics degree and always carried a red bandana with him.
The Day of the Tragedy
Welles joined a firm that worked on the 104th floor at 2 World Trade Center and was in the tower at 9AM on 9/11. When the second plane hit the south tower, witnesses said a man wearing a red bandana on his face appeared out of nowhere and helped organize rescue efforts with the firefighters in the tower. He helped lead people to safety including carrying a woman down the stairs. It was determined later that Welles lost his life when he and other firefighters went back up the South Tower and were trying to use the jaws of life to rescue people who were trapped under debris. It if weren’t for his efforts, a lot more people would have died.
Welles is not someone we think about unless it is 9/11, but that needs to change. More must be done to bring awareness to what he did, and for that to happen we must share his story. He was an American hero. We, at Championship Sports Media, promise to keep his memory alive.
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