The Red Bandanna

The Red Bandanna

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"One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day, and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature. A standout athlete growing up in Upper Nyack, NY, Welles was also a volunteer at the local fire department, along with his father. He cherished the necessity and the camaraderie, the meaning of the role. Fresh from college, he took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but the dream of becoming a firefighter with the FDNY remained. When the Twin Towers fell, Welles's parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles's mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. oI'm going back up,o was all he said. The survivors didn't know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly- the man was wearing a red bandanna. Tom Rinaldi's The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make."
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781594206771
1594206775
Branch Call Number: 974.71044092 CROWT -R
Characteristics: 216 pages : illustrations

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jdjonny
Mar 04, 2017

I am proud to say I grew up in the same town (Nyack, NY) as this hero. Wonderful and important story.

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janetarlene
Feb 26, 2017

Great story of a very sensitive, caring and courageous young man. Such a heroic, yet sad, ending to a brilliant American! I applaud his parents, too, for the way they raised him, and for telling his story and keeping his legacy alive. Loved it!

AL_KATI Nov 06, 2016

This is an ugly cry kind of book and I read it in one day. I wasn't familiar with the story before reading this book, and even though I knew what happened, I still found myself bawling. Read this if you want a true story of bravery that will inspire you.

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