At last week’s town board meeting, the Haverstraw Ambulance Corps Youth Squad Division was honored for their successes at the Skills Drill Competition 2013. Corps members were presented with plaques and certificates and all in attendance had the privilege of sharing the evening with the Crowther family, whose son Welles “The Man in the Red Bandana” Crowther was a hero on 9-11.
The connection between the Youth Squad and the Crowthers began in 2011 when the squad participated in the Skills Competition for the first time. It was the 10-year anniversary of 9-11 and the squad wanted to honor those who lost their lives, and so chose to wear the red bandana on that day. Since then, they always wear the red bandana when they compete, in honor of Welles and all those who passed away on 9-11. Welles Crowther was an equities trader at the World Trade Center who went back to the towers to save people before he ultimately perished alongside firefighters on that fateful day.
The attack victims whose lives Crowther saved referred to him as the “Man in the Red Bandana” when relaying the story to authorities, as the bandana stood out in the smoke and contributed to the mystique of his heroic actions.