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On September 11, 2001, terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center. All eyes turned to New York City as the buildings burned and then fell. On that horrifying day, some people were saved by the heroic efforts of others whom we refer to as heroes. Welles Remy Crowther was one of those heroes.
Welles was a 24-year-old equities trader who worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower. The day the Trade Towers fell, Welles drew from his training as a volunteer firefighter to put his life on the line in order to save many civilians. Welles’ parents were able to identify his brave actions that day through the stories of “a civilian wearing a red bandana who saved many lives on September 11, 2001.”
My co-host, Victoria Roberts Drogin, and I were honored to have the opportunity to speak with Welles’ parents, Alison and Jefferson Crowther on our Telly Award winning show, Family Comes First. During this episode, No Greater Love, Alison and Jefferson walked us through Welles’ life leading up to September 11th and also shared with us the events and projects through which they chose to carry out his legacy; I even learned that Welles and I share an alma mater, Boston College.
From the inspiration of Welles’ selfless story, Victoria and I chose to film a second episode, Heroes of 9/11. During this show, we heard from Tim Brown, a firefighter who responded to the call on September 11, 2001 and rushed immediately into ground zero. Tim gave us a first-hand look into the events of the day and honored the many first responders who put their lives on the line.
As the 16th anniversary of 9/11 falls upon us, I am thrilled to share the news of the premiere of the movie, Man in Red Bandana. The film re-traces Welles’ courageous actions and introduces the many people who have been inspired by Welles’ actions. You can find a list of screening dates, times and locations here.
For more information on additional efforts made by Alison and Jefferson Crowther to carry out Welles’ legacy, be sure to visit our Family Comes First website.