‘He Died Saving Lives, I Weep for Him Every Day’ — Father Honors Son’s Heroism on 9/11 as PEOPLE Launches ‘The Red Bandanna Hero Award’

After 24-year-old equities trader Welles Crowther died in the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, his mother, Alison Crowther, spent many sleepless nights wondering how her son spent his final moments.

“So many people were trapped and suffering,” Alison tells PEOPLE. “That was the hell I was having, thinking this was his end.”

After months of searching for any scrap of news about Welles, her heart skipped a beat when she read a news story the following May that mentioned an...

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