There were many heroes on September 11th. One of them, for months, was only known as the “The Man in the Red Bandana”. He saved as many as 18 lives, but lost his own. In 2002, the world and his family, learned who he was. Back then, his parents shared their grief with our own Chuck Scarborough on the 15th anniversary of the attacks in 2016.
When United Flight 175 struck the south tower at 9:03 a.m., Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader and volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Nyack, was on the 104th floor. Somehow he found an escape route past the inferno below, and made three round trips up and down the stairs, carrying and leading survivors to safety.
Welles' body was found six months later.
When I talked with his devastated parents in 2002, they had just learned what their son did that day.
"It was a wonderful feeling to have this confirmed and to know he acted in such a courageous and wonderful way," Allison Crowther told me at the time.
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