NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama honored the memory of a young man who saved others before losing his own life at the World Trade Center.
To many who were there, Welles Crowther was known simply as “the man in the red bandanna.”
Obama said the 24-year-old equities trader wore the red handkerchief over his nose and mouth while calmly leading survivors down the stairs to safety. He carried one woman on his shoulders down 17 flights.
“He called for fire extinguishers to fight back the flames, he tended to the wounded, he led those survivors down the stairs to safety,” the president said Thursday at the dedication ceremony of the new 9/11 museum. “Then he went back. Back up all those flights then back down again, bringing more wounded to safety.”