The Red Bandanna

The Red Bandanna

[a Life. A Choice. A Legacy]

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One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day, and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature. Welles became a volunteer with the local fire department in New York. When the Twin Towers fell, Welles's parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles's mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. "I'm going back up," was all he said. The survivors didn't know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna.-- adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781594206771
Branch Call Number: 974.71044 RIN 2016
Characteristics: 216 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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jdjonny
Mar 04, 2017

I am proud to say I grew up in the same town (Nyack, NY) as this hero. Wonderful and important story.

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janetarlene
Feb 26, 2017

Great story of a very sensitive, caring and courageous young man. Such a heroic, yet sad, ending to a brilliant American! I applaud his parents, too, for the way they raised him, and for telling his story and keeping his legacy alive. Loved it!

AL_KATI Nov 06, 2016

This is an ugly cry kind of book and I read it in one day. I wasn't familiar with the story before reading this book, and even though I knew what happened, I still found myself bawling. Read this if you want a true story of bravery that will inspire you.

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