By Jeff Sovelove
How will you be remembered?
That was the question posed Sunday by the family of Welles Crowther, whose heroism on 9/11 was recounted in Matthew Weiss’ award-winning documentary, Man in the Red Bandana.
Alison Crowther and Honor Crowther Fagan, Welles’ mother and sister, spoke at Morris County’s 18th annual 9/11 remembrance, in front of a charred, twisted hunk of the World Trade Center that serves as the county memorial site in Parsippany Troy Hills.
Welles Crowther worked as an equities trader on the 104th floor of that iconic twin tower.
When it was struck by the hijacked passenger jet, his training took over and he became a firefighter and EMT, as he was before he worked in finance.
He is reported to have saved many lives with his calm, professional manner, organizing rescuers and going back up the stairs time after time.
Alison Crowther and Honor Crowther Fagan remember Welles Crowther, a 9/11 hero, in Parsippany, Sept. 8, 2019. Video by Jeff Sovelove for MorristownGreen.com:
Welles Crowther carried one woman down 17 flights. His remains were found with those of a number of firefighters on their way back up the stairs to free more people trapped under debris.
He had carried a red bandanna in his back pocket ever since receiving one as a small boy from his father.
His mother and sister spoke eloquently of Welles, and the lasting difference he made in people’s lives.
Many stepped forward after his passing, telling the family he was one of the kindest individuals they’d ever known, and that they would always remember him for that.
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Alison Crowther and Honor Crowther Fagan spoke not about how Welles died, but of how he lived and helped others. They are helping keep his legacy alive through charitable organizations, speaking to schools and other worthy causes.
Welles’ mother made a point of asking audience members how they would be remembered. What will people say about them after they pass?
Would they say: “He was the kindest person I ever knew?”
It’s how we live, and the lives we touch, which define us. Not an act of terrorism, Alison Crowther said.