Ali RosenSep 4, 2017, 9:49 pmSep 6, 2017, 10:52 pm

Documentary spotlights Nyack native who saved lives during 9/11

The story of Welles Crowther has been told in high schools, colleges, museums and even by former President Barack Obama


Welles Crowther grew up in Upper Nyack and was given a red bandana by his father at a young age.

“I said, 'if you have to clean up a spill, or something like that, somebody gets hurt you need to wrap a bandage around their arm. There it is.' And he said, 'OK, thank you, daddy,” Welles father, Jeff explained. “That just stuck with him and he always had it.”

In September 2001, he was 24-years-old, working as an equities trader in the south tower of the World Trade Center when a jet slammed into the tower causing the death of more than 2,600 people.

He used the same bandanna his father gave him to keep smoke away from his face as he led survivors down 17 flights of stairs.

Welles story has been told in high schools, colleges, museums and even by former President Barack Obama.

Now, a documentary that retraces Welles courageous day is coming out.

After the attacks, Alison and Jeff Crowther had no idea what happened to their son in his final moments. But months later, an article was published in the New York Times, re-capping the stories of 9/11 survivors.

“I certainly was very grateful that they had gone into the detail of mentioning what these two women had said, mentioning the red bandana,” says Alison, Welles mother.

Welles had volunteer firefighter training and what his parents ultimately learned was that he used that training to save a number of people.

The movie premiere of Man With the Red Bandana will be at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern on Wednesday.

"I hope it inspires people to do good things and be like Welles. You know some people say ‘What would Jesus do?’ And I say, ‘what would Welles do,’" Jeff Crowther said.



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