Legacy of the Red Bandanna

red bandannaThe story of Boston College alumnus and 9/11 hero Welles Crowther is the subject of a new book, The Red Bandanna (Penguin Press, 2016) by award-winning ESPN correspondent Tom Rinaldi. When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. He was always spotted with his signature accessory, even when volunteering at the local fire department. He graduated from BC in 1999 and took a finance job at the World Trade Center. After the towers fell, Welles’ parents came to accept that he was lost, but the mystery of his final hours painfully lingered. Months after the attacks, Welles’ mother read a news account from several 9/11 survivors who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly 20 flights of stairs then returning back up to search for others. The survivors never got his name, but one remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna. Rinaldi tells the inspirational account of Welles’ courageous and selfless actions on 9/11, introduces readers to some of those whose lives have been touched by Welles and shares how Welles’ red bandanna has become a symbol of strength of character and service to others. A New York native, Rinaldi is the recipient of 15 Sports Emmy awards and six Edward R. Murrow awards. Kirkus Reviews calls The Red Bandannaa moving, deeply felt tribute to a courageous individual who sacrificed his life to save others.” | Read an excerpt in Parade magazine. | “Good Morning America” | NPR’s “Here & Now” |  New York Post

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