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Film About Nyack Native Who Saved Lives On 9/11 Debuting In Suffern

Welles Crowther
Welles Crowther Photo Credit: File

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A documentary about Welles Crowther, a Nyack native who saved 10 lives on Sept. 11, is set to premiere in Suffern.

"The Man In The Red Bandana," narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Matthew Welles, will be screened at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Crowther was a member of Empire Hook and Ladder Company in Upper Nyack when he went into the South Tower. His story became famous when people talked about a man with a red bandana who escorted them to safety despite the chaos around them.

Crowther always carried a red bandana in his back pocket; his father Jefferson usually had a blue one. His remains were later discovered at Ground Zero in March 2002.

Survivors reported how a man suddenly appeared out of nowhere, stripped to his T-shirt and wore a red bandana to cover his nose and mouth, protection against the smoke and dust.

Crowther organized a rescue effort on the floors high above where the official rescue workers were not yet able to reach. He called for fire extinguishers, all the while directing dazed and confused victims to the only stairwell that was open for escape. He is known to have carried a woman down to the 61st floor, then return to the 78th to rescue more people. He turned back up once again after bringing the second group of survivors down.

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