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This Young Man’s Bandanna Is Now A Symbol Of Hope After His Courageous Actions On 9/11

6. June 2016 - By admin

Many of us have something of sentimental value that we keep with us, or something we think brings us good fortune. For some it may be a piece of jewelry, for others a teddy bear.

For Welles Crowther it was a red bandanna given to him by his father when he was six years old.

via YouTube / Barry O'Brien

via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

As he grew up, he still always had his red bandanna with him. When he played football he wore it under his helmet.

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

He was deciding between becoming a firefighter, or getting a job on Wall Street. 

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

He finally settled on being an equity trader and got a job in the World Trade Center – His office was on floor 104 in the South Tower. 

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

Welles was in the building on 9/11. When the first plane hit he called his mom to tell her he was okay.

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

When the second plane hit the South Tower, he was waiting with many others for the elevator.

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

Ling Young was one of the other people waiting with Welles. She heard a man shout for everyone to follow him, he had found the stairs. He was calm and confident.

via YouTube / Barry O'Brien

via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

Welles guided them down to meet with firefighters, then he went back up again to try and save more people.

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

This was when the South Tower collapsed. His body was found in the rubble six months later.

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

Several months later Welles parents spotted a story in the New York Times, and something about it struck a chord.

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

A woman called Judy Wein was telling her story about how a mysterious stranger with a red bandanna had led her to safety and saved her life.

Welles mother knew it must be her son. 

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

So she sent this photo to Judy and Ling who both agreed this was the man who had saved their lives, and those of many others. 

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via YouTube / Barry O’Brien

What a hero.