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With the 14th anniversary of 9/11 recently passed, many took to social media to share images, stories, and reflections about the tragic event that brought America together in grief and mourning.

Many stories have gained popularity as amazing stories of courage, fortitude, and service. This is one of those stories, but one which you likely haven't heard.

This story is about Welles Remy Crowther, a man who worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Crowther was an equities trader, a man who enjoyed his job and was quite good at it. Since he was a boy Crowther had always carried a red handkerchief in his pocket, something his parents firmly encouraged him to do in case he had to blow his nose.

As Crowther grew up that red handkerchief would be the distinguishing trademark of his clothing and style. He always carried it. On the morning of September 11th Crowther was at his desk when the first plane hit. Acting in a moment he called his mother and told her that he was okay. Sadly, those words were the last his mother would hear from him.

Crowther's story seemed to end with his phone call to his mother, that is until a New York Times article quoted a woman who had been led to safety.

"A mysterious man appeared at one point, his mouth and nose covered with a red handkerchief," said Judy Wein. The man was able to encourage several wounded and stunned office workers to make their way to the stairs.

"If he hadn’t come back, I wouldn’t have made it,” said Wein. “People can live 100 years and not have the compassion, the wherewithal, to do what he did."

Though Crowther never made it from the building, it's clear from the story that he used his last moments of life to help others. What a hero! Let us always remember the brave men and women, public servants and private citizens, who showed us the meaning of service and devotion 14 years ago.

h/t: Conservative Tribune

 

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