The Man in the Red Bandana

Please meet hero Welles Crowther, aka “The Man in the Red Bandana,” a civilian that saved at least 12 people on 9/11 – and the imagined hero of Tania Head.  Read the real story from a first hand survivor.

the man in the red bandana

Welles Crowther was a equities trader who was credited with saving around a dozen lives during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Crowther himself lost his life that day. At the opening ceremony for the September 11 museum, Crowther was honored by President Obama. After the tragedy, Crowther became known as “The Man in the Red Bandana.”

He Was a College Lacrosse Star

Welles Crowther 9/11 HERO
He was featured on an ESPN’s Outside the Lines where he was celebrated as a Boston College lacrosse player. In his honor, every year Boston College runs the charity Red Bandana Run.

2. Crowther Was a New Yorker

Welles Crowther Firefighter

Crowther was native New Yorker, from upstate Nyack, raised by his parents, Jefferson and Allison. He was an older brother to his sisters, Honor and Paige. On the day of the opening ceremony of the 9/11 museum, Paige posted on Facebook about how proud she was of her brother.

Welles Crowther Facebook


3. His Father Gave Him His Signature Red Bandana

Welles Crowther Lacrosse

He gained his signature red bandana from his father. After watching his dad getting meticulously dressed for church, he noticed his dad wrapping a comb in a red or blue bandana. When he was six, his dad gave his son a red bandana. It was something that Crowther carried with him everywhere in his life.


4. He Dreamed of Joining the FDNY

Welles Crowther FDNY

Like his father, he was a volunteer firefighter. At the age of just 16, he joined the Empire Hook and Ladder Company. Despite pursuing a career in business with Sandler O’Neill and Partners, around the time of 9/11 he grew to dislike it. He felt his real calling was to join the FDNY, or maybe even the FBI or CIA. In 2006, he was posthumously named an honorary member of the New York City fire department.

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Pres Obama hugs mother of 9/11 hero “man in the red bandana” Welles Crowther at the National Sept 11 Memorial Museum


5. His Body Wasn’t Found Until 6 Months After the Attacks

Welles Crowther family

Crowther, who worked on the 104th floor of the south tower, was not found until March 19, 2002. His body did not have any burn marks which led the medical examiner to conclude that Crowther probably died helping other and got stuck. His family were unaware of their son’s heroism until the read Judy Wein’s first-hand account of being saved by a “man in a red bandana.” Subsequently, after meeting Crowther’s parents, Wein identified Welles Crowther as the man who saved her life.

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