via press release:
Heroes and heroic moments will be remembered as the10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. One story will be of a former Boston College lacrosse player who became known as the “Man in the Red Bandanna” after dying heroically while saving lives in the World Trade Center. Welles Crowther, an equities trader, was identified by survivors as the mysterious “Man in the Red Bandanna” who made at least two trips to the South Tower’s burning 78th floor sky lobby and guided as many as 12 people to safety. Although he could have saved himself, Crowther, who died when the tower collapsed, chose to help total strangers. Actor/director Edward Burns narrates the piece written by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.
“When I wiped it (blood off my glasses), I looked around, I said, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot of people completely dead.’ We looked around the floor, I said, ‘Well we really can’t move because we don’t know what happened.’ We were afraid that if we were going to take a step, the whole thing was going to sink in. Then all of a sudden we saw a young man come out of nowhere — you heard this man’s voice say, ‘I found the stairs, follow me. Only help the ones that you can help.’ It’s the way he said it – and we just got up, we followed.” – Ling Young, on being saved by Welles Crowther
“Wearing that red bandana is absolutely an honor to be able to remember Welles and even a bigger honor to be able to try to let the Crowther family know that they’re not alone.” — Tyler Jewell, Welles’ teammate at Boston College, who wore a red bandanna in his honor while competing as a snowboarder in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games
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