The Man with the Red Bandana

By: Katarina Rendon

September 11th, 2001, might ring a bell for some people, while others might not remember, or even know what the meaning of this day is. For those who do remember, they may recall it as the day America cried. Although this day caused a darkness that completely suffocated America, it called upon the bravest of heroes to shine light and give hope for many. Out of these blessings was Welles Crowther, a man remembered not only for his bravery and selflessness, but also for his trademarked red bandana.
Welles was sixteen when he joined his father as a volunteer firefighter, later becoming a junior member of the Empire Hook and Ladder Company. This volunteer work unfortunately never turned into a career for Welles, as he graduated with a degree in economics, pursuing the career of an equities trader.

This job settled him on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Welles was here when the events began to unfold. After leaving a short message to his mother, telling her he was “okay”, Welles made his way to the 78th floor Sky Lobby where he encountered a group of survivors. He then, proceeded to assist with first-aid and the effort to dissolve the flames. He even went back up a second time. While back on the 78th floor, he announced, “Everyone who can stand, stand now. If you can help others, do so.” Welles ended up saving around eighteen lives that day. Unfortunately, his own was not one of them.

Welles’ legacy lives on today, forever remembered as one of the many courageous souls who stepped up in a time of need and desperation.



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