As stories began to emerge
from the survivors of the South Tower of the World Trade Center,
several mentioned a mysterious young man who stepped out of the
smoke and horror to lead them to safety. They did not know who this
man was who saved their lives, but this they did remember: Wrapped
around his mouth and nose was a red bandanna.
For 76 minutes, the man
in the red bandanna barked orders, and led people to safety down
stairwells. He said, “I found the stairs, follow me.”
He carried one woman down fifteen flights of stairs—on his
back, while leading others to safety, urged them to keep going down,
then headed back up.
Upstairs, a badly injured
woman was sitting on a radiator when the man with the red bandanna
over his face came running across the room and said, “Follow
me. I know the way out. I will lead you to safety.” Then he
led several survivors to a stairwell that took them to safety. He
was never seen alive again.
Six months later, on
March 19, 2002, the body of the man with the red bandanna was found
intact alongside firefighters in a makeshift command center in the
South Tower lobby buried under 110 stories of rubble.
the story began to come out. Welles Crowther graduated from Boston
College where he played Lacrosse, always carrying his trademark
red bandanna. In high school Welles was the kid who would feed the
puck to the hockey team’s lowest-scoring player, hoping to
give his teammate his first goal. At 16 he became a junior volunteer
firefighter, following in his dad’s footsteps. After college
he joined Sandler O’Neil and Partners and worked on the 104th
floor of the South Tower. He always carried change to give to street
people. His dream was to become a firefighter or public servant.
On Sept. 11, at the age of 24, Welles Crowther became both, and
also a hero -- the "man in the red bandanna."
from news reports and used with permission by Alison Crowther).
We’re looking for
people willing to go up while everyone else is coming down—to
rescue men and lead them to the safety of the cross of Christ. The
Fellowship of the Red Bandanna is offered to men and
women who are willing to train, serve, and make a sacrifice to engage
every man in America with a credible offer of Christ and the resources
“Follow me. I
know the way out. I will lead you to safety.”
willing: willing to serve and to make a sacrifice for
the good of others.
He was also
trained so when the time came he was ready. 25% of Secret Service
duty is training— their credo: “repetitive training
to overcome the negatives of self-sacrifice.
not miss his moment. He went up while everyone else
was coming down.
You are someone who has
been recognized as willing to go up while others are coming down.
It is my privilege and honor to invite you to be part of The
Fellowship of the Red Bandanna. Do you accept? I hereby
initiate you into The Fellowship of the Red Bandanna
by the grace of God and for the glory of Jesus Christ.
is the curse of our age. . . . The desperate need today is not
for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people,
but for deep people.
I tell you that
this sweet and loving gaze of God insensibly kindles a divine
fire in the soul which is set ablaze so ardently with the love
of God that one is obliged to perform exterior acts to moderate