Description Bright red fabric bandana with classic paisley pattern belonging to Welles Remy Crowther.
Historical Notes Raised in Upper Nyack, New York, Welles Remy Crowther became a volunteer firefighter in his hometown at age 16. After graduating from Boston College, where he played lacrosse, he moved to New York City. Welles worked as an equity trader at Sandler O’Neill & Partners on the South Tower’s 104th floor. On September 11, wearing a red bandana, he was seen assisting in the tower’s evacuation. Welles was 24 years old.
Curator's Comment Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader for Sandler O’Neill & Partners, was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower when hijacked Flight 11 struck the other tower. He telephoned a friend and said that he would try to help people in the North Tower. Crowther had just reached the 78th floor of the South Tower when the second hijacked aircraft, Flight 175, tore through the 77th through 85th floors.
Wearing a red bandana over his mouth and nose to guard against smoke, Crowther drew on his training as a volunteer firefighter and guided survivors to the single viable stairwell. Crowther, carrying a badly wounded woman on his back, escorted a group of survivors downstairs until they reached a floor where there seemed to be less smoke. He then returned upstairs to help the injured.
In March 2002, Crowther’s remains were found in the wreckage of the South Tower. Two months later, the New York Times reported the acts of a courageous civilian wearing a red bandana. When shown Crowther’s photograph, survivors confirmed that he was the man in the red bandana.
After 9/11, Crowther’s parents found several red bandanas in a bureau in their son’s apartment. It became a signature of the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust established by his family to recognize academic and athletic excellence in young men and women who serve their communities. HIDE