The Man In The Red Bandana: What A Legendary 9/11 Hero Looks Like

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A new book has just come out about the life, family, and heroism of this man, Welles Crowther, who saved dozens of lives when 9/11/01 happened. A forthcoming documentary is in the works as well, narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow.

His Dad gave him the red bandana when he was 6 years old, and he wore it or kept it in his pocket ever since then.



He became a full-fledged firefighter when he was just 18 years old and helped with a number of emergency situations and fires before becoming an economics major in college and going on to take a job as an equities trader, eventually working on the 104th floor of 2 World Trade Center — which is where he was the day the attacks began, and his firefighter instincts kicked in.

What would you do in the last hour of your life?”

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The rest of the story is in the clip below and in the book and eventual documentary, but initially after the towers collapsed and the rubble started to be sorted through, nobody knew what had happened to Welles. And then, the stories about the Man in the Red Bandana began to emerge, and Welles’ surviving family was stunned to learn what happened to him that day and about his feats of heroism. Stories emerged from survivors who were saved by Welles — and they remembered the bandana.

It was a connection to his family that they sorely needed in order to know what happened to their loved one that day.

Welles saved 18 lives before losing his own. Six months later, his body was found in the rubble at the bottom of the tower with the other firefighters who perished when the towers collapsed on top of them.

Heroes like this man come around once in a lifetime. Watch his powerful story:

Video created by ESPN.