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Students Impressed by “Run to the Fire” Presentation

Lessons from a Leader: The Welles Crowther Story

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A red bandana is placed next to Crowther's name at the National 9/11 Memorial Pool. This is a tribute of remembrance in honor of Welles Remy Crowther.

A red bandana is placed next to Crowther's name at the National 9/11 Memorial Pool. This is a tribute of remembrance in honor of Welles Remy Crowther.

A red bandana is placed next to Crowther's name at the National 9/11 Memorial Pool. This is a tribute of remembrance in honor of Welles Remy Crowther.

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During Ignatian Week this year, the Belen community was treated to a beautiful presentation by Allison Crowther. The presentation was about her son, Welles, who had grown up in a small town and led a normal life. Once he graduated college, he moved down to Manhattan to work in finance in one of the World Trade Center towers. He was in the tower during the attacks on 9/11, and instead of trying to save himself, he helped everybody he could. Welles Crowther saved the lives of twelve people that day, but unfortunately lost his own life. Crowther’s mother has now dedicated her life to sharing Welles’s story. Her hope is to inspire others to become leaders, especially when there is an opportunity to serve and help others.

“I thought it was very moving, and it is amazing how Belen can get such an inspiring person to come to our school and talk to us,” said one student. Students across Belen were impressed and moved by the presentation.  Students and teachers alike were touched by Crowther’s example.

Crowther was wearing a red bandana across his nose and mouth to protect himself from smoke when he saved so many lives.  Since the day his father gave him his first red bandana at the age of six, he always carried one with him, and it had become a habit and his trademark. The school administration also continued the red bandana theme throughout the day by handing out red bandanas with Belen’s “B” logo to every student at lunch time. Many students wore or carried the bandana with them for the reminder of the school day. Students hope for more presentations like these in the future.

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