On 9/11, American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower between the 93rd and 98th floors … 1,355 people died at or above the crash site. No one survived. United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower 17 minutes later between floors 77 to 85 killing 599 people. Miraculously, 18 occupants of the South Tower at or above the crash site crossed the line of death and made it to safety below. This is the story of the one man, Welles Remy Crowther, responsible for saving many of these 18 survivors. Welles was a volunteer fireman as a high school student. He then attended Boston College and played lacrosse. After he graduated, he took a job at Sandler O’Neil & Partners, a Wall Street firm. He worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower. Welles was a fun-loving person who enjoyed giving more than receiving. Viewers will instantly like him. Welles’ identity became known because his survivors described being saved by a man wearing a red bandana in a May 2002 New York Times Article. His…
Critics and Reviews
The story is as remarkable for the selfless actions of 24-year-old Crowther, an equities trader whose office was on the 104th floor of the South Tower, as for the fact that his deeds aren’t more widely known. (He has been posthumously feted via youth programs, artistic projects and sports activities as well as at 9/11 memorial sites.) Full reviewGary Goldstein
He remains known 16 years after being killed while saving some dozen people trapped in the World Trade Center’s South Tower on 9/11. Welles Remy Crowther, the mysterious man wearing a red bandana across his face to keep out dust, located the one working stairwell at the 78th-floor impact zone, and led otherwise doomed individuals to safety before disappearing. For many months, before his identity became known, he was like a myth—one former New York City Fire Department commissioner says many thought that the survivors, suffering shock, had just imagined him. Full reviewFrank Lovece
Verdi Productions’ documentary Man in Red Bandana, which begins a limited rollout Sept. 6 in New York City, tells the story of Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old civilian who lost his life saving others at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Full reviewGregg Kilday
Frequently Asked Questions
Who was Welles Crowther?
Welles Remy Crowther (May 17, 1977 – September 11, 2001) was an American equities trader known for saving at least a dozen lives during the September 11 attacks in New York City, during which he lost his own life.
What the World Trade Center was used for?
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were more than just buildings. They were proof of New York’s belief in itself. Built at a time when New York’s future seemed uncertain, the towers restored confidence and helped bring a halt to the decline of lower Manhattan.
How many years did it take to build the Twin Towers?
When completed in 1972, 1 World Trade Center became the tallest building in the world for two years, surpassing the Empire State Building after a 40-year reign.