"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out." -Lou Reed

Monday, September 5, 2011

Man in the Red Bandanna

The narration for this video begins with these words: "What would you do in the last hour of your life? Where would you be? Who would remember?"

Welles Crowther's last hour was spent rescuing people in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, ten years ago on September 11, 2001. An equities trader on the South Tower's 104th floor, Crowther helped dozens of people to safety on September 11. Their stories of his efforts, his compassion, and his strength have left behind a beautiful legacy for a man who lived an honorable life, and died a hero.

His body was found in March 2002, alongside several firefighters and emergency workers in a suspected command post in the South Tower lobby.

Welles' mother received one final phone call from her son on September 11, soon after United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower. He called to let her know he was OK. After that, she and her husband never heard from him again, and had it not been for a a New York Times article, they might never have known how Welles spent his last hour.

He spent that last hour saving lives, selflessly risking his own life and safety. His story is beautifully told in this video. Take a few moments and watch this video today, and pay tribute to a young man who died as he lived...with honor.

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Eva Gallant September 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

OMG. I'm sitting here crying. That was such a moving story. Thanks for sharing!


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