Rockland honors public safety crews on anniversary of 9/11

By Stephen Betts | Sep 11, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland firefighter Carl Anderson speaks at the department's annual 9-/1 memorial ceremony.

Rockland — The people who gave their lives to rescue others during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center were remembered and honored during a ceremony on the 17th anniversary of the tragedy.

But speakers at the Rockland event also pointed out that firefighters and police give their lives every day across the country.

Rockland firefighter Carl Anderson retold the story of a 24-year-old rookie equity trader, Welles Crowther, known as the man with the red bandana.

Crowther was in one of the Trade Center towers when the planes struck Sept. 11, 2001. He repeatedly helped people make their way out of the building and was last seen returning to go back up the smoke-filled stairwell to help more people.

His body was later recovered in the rubble of the collapsed buildings.

The young man had talked about how he planned to leave his trader job and wanted to become a firefighter. At first those helped by the young man did not know his name, but remembered the red bandana he wore to cover his face from the smoke.

He was later identified by survivors as the man with the red bandana. The New York City Fire Department later named Crowther an honorary firefighter.

Anderson said that since 9/11, firefighters and police continue to risk their lives and often sacrifice their lives in service to their communities.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell also offered praise to the public safety crews who serve the community.

The Tuesday ceremony was held inside the station this year because of the torrential rains that were falling outside.

The American Legion honor guard participated in the memorial ceremony.

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