When 24-year-old Welles Remy Crowther was killed while working in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, his parents had no idea that just months later he would be hailed as a national hero.
Welles worked as an equity trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower, and he called his mother Allison Crowther after the first plane hit to tell her he was alright. She never heard from him again.
Months later, Welles’ father Jefferson Crowther came upon a New York Times feature on the last 102 minutes before the tower fell. The stunned father handed the piece over to Allison, telling her, “you might want to read this.”
In the articles, survivors of the attack remembered a man in a red bandana running in to save them.
“The second I read that, I went, ‘oh my God, there’s Welles — there he is. I just knew it — in my heart, I knew it,” Allison later recalled.
The mother tracked down the survivors and sent them pictures of Welles, and they confirmed what she already knew to be true.
“He was the cowboy coming in to save the town,” the person Welles saved said. “In this day and age when we have no heroes, here was a young man who basically gave his life. … If it wasn’t for Welles, I wouldn’t be here.”
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Source: NY Times