September 5, we introduced you to Welles Crowther, a former Boston College lacrosse player who saved close to 20 people in the 9/11 attacks. This past weekend, his alma mater gave each football fan a red bandanna. The following is a writeup from TheBostonChannel.com. Here is video coverage from the game.
BOSTON — The Boston College football team paid tribute Saturday to an Eagles lacrosse player who died on 9/11.
During half time at the first home game against Duke University, 6,000 people honored Welles Crowther, Class of ’99, by wearing red bandannas.
“It’s absolutely astounding,” said mother Allison Crowther. “Just such a beautiful energy. BC is great for education and spirit.”
Crowther, an equity trader, worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He helped rescue at least 12 people from the building that day.
Known for always having a red bandanna with him, Crowther used it that day to protect his mouth and nose from debris. He was killed during his heroic actions.
“He was a trained volunteer firefighter and that last hour of his life (he) put that training to best use,” said father Jefferson Crowther. “He didn’t think of himself, he wanted to help others.”
Crowther was also honored in Orlando last weekend during the first game of the season against Central Florida. The team wore helmet stickers featuring a red bandanna in his memory.
As a living tribute, Crowther’s family has established a trust in his name, devoted to scholarships and encouraging public service by youth.