Mother and Sister Of 9/11 Hero - Give Keynote at Morris County 9/11 Remembrance

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The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites all residents from across Morris County to join in observing the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites all residents from across Morris County and neighboring counties to join them in observing the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy. It will be held rain or shine.

Alison Crowther and Honor (Crowther) Fagan, the mother and sister of the late Welles Crowther, who gave his life while saving others at the World Trade Center on 9/11, have generously agreed to be the keynote speakers.

Welles Remy Crowther was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower at WTC when the attacks occurred on 9/11. The 24-year-old rookie equities trader lost his life that day but not before repeatedly going back into the tower to help to save many others. He was last seen working with members of the FDNY just before the South Tower collapsed.

Crowther became known as the “Man in the Red Bandana’’ for the red handkerchief he wore as a protective mask while taking on the role of rescuer. His story has been told in the documentary film, Man in the Red Bandana -- https://www.maninredbandana.com/.

The Westchester County, N.Y. resident is annually honored by his alma mater, Boston College; he posthumously was named an honorary New York City firefighter; and his efforts were cited by President Barack Obama in the 2014 dedication of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum (https://www.911memorial.org/museum).

“It is an honor to have the Crowther family at the Morris County 9/11 Remembrance this year,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We gather at the county memorial each year on the anniversary of 9/11 to recall every single one of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were lost to our nation that day, like Mr. Crowther, and that includes 64 of our Morris County residents, plus so many police, fire, EMT and other rescue workers.

“We want their families and friends to know their loved ones are not forgotten, that we will never forget their sacrifices,’’ he added.

The county’s 9/11 event will include a march with a color guard up West Hanover Avenue to the Memorial by police, fire, rescue and emergency personnel from across Morris County.

The observance will include a special invocation, a lighting of candles, and reading of the names of each of the Morris County victims, plus a 21-gun salute, and keynote remarks.

Morris County’s September 11th Memorial pays tribute to all of those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, with a special emphasis on the 64 victims from Morris County whose names are etched in plaques affixed to the Memorial.

The names of all of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day are engraved in ruby-colored paving stones that have been set in the ground as a walkway surrounding the Memorial.

Since seating at the Memorial is limited, the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor observance. Parking will be available at the Morris County Department of Human Services building at 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township – directly across from the Academy. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need the short distance to the Memorial.

The freeholders also invite police and fire departments and rescue squads from across the county to participate by sending one apparatus per department and assembling at 4:30 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Following a private ceremony for first responders at the Academy, a procession will be held to the Sept. 11th Memorial.

For more information, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/9-11

Photos of 2018 9/11 event. Credit Morris County, Karen Mancinelli

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About the Man in the Red Bandana

On September 11, 2001, minutes after United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower between floors 77 and 85 at 9:03a.m. Crowther called his mother from his office at 9:12 a.m., leaving the message, "Mom, this is Welles. I wanted you to know that I'm OK."

Crowther made his way to the 78th floor sky lobby, where he encountered a group of survivors, including a badly burned Lin Young, who worked on the 86th floor in New York's Department of Taxation and Finance. Young had been one of about 200 people waiting at a bank of elevators to evacuate when the plane hit the tower and was one of the few survivors.

Crowther, carrying a young woman on his back, directed them to the one working stairway. The survivors followed him 17 floors down, where he dropped off the woman he was carrying before heading back upstairs to assist others.

By the time he returned to the 78th floor, he had a bandana around his nose and mouth to protect him from smoke and haze. He found another group of survivors, which included AON Corp. employee Judy Wein, who worked on the 103rd floor and was in pain from a broken arm, cracked ribs and a punctured lung.

According to Wein, Crowther assisted in putting out fires and administering first aid. He then announced to that group, "Everyone who can stand, stand now. If you can help others, do so." He directed this group downstairs as well.[4] As occupants of the Tower headed for the street, Crowther returned up the stairs to help others. He was last seen doing so with members of the FDNY before the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m.

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