The Red Bandanna

51-zkz-aqclIt would be impossible not to be deeply moved by the story of Welles Crowther as told in The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi. I had never heard Welles’ story and was heartbroken to read it. By all accounts a determined and kind child and young man, Welles was successful in all ways when he went to work on September 11, 2001 at Sandler O’Neill on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center II. What he went on to do before and after the second tower was hit was extraordinary. And, while he perished doing so, his spirit, and that of the red bandanna he always had in his pocket (which identified to the survivors who had come to their aid), live on for many, many people. This is an achingly devastating account of a close family and the son they loved as well as a brief glimpse into what it was like inside the World Trade Center on September 11.

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