The Red Bandana is a true story written by Tom Rinaldi. It is about the life of a young hero named Welles Crowther, who perished on September 11, 2001, in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He saved the lives of multiple people that day, and he made saving their lives a priority over saving his own life, which he could have easily done for himself. Instead, he chose to be brave, heroic, and compassionate.
On that tragic day, Welles saved the life of a woman named Ling Young. He helped her down the burning South Tower to safety while he carried another woman across his shoulder. They both survived. Instead of saving his own life at that point, Welles then decided to climb back up the tower to see if he could save others' lives.
Welles's biggest challenge was trying to decide whether he should save his own life after he just saved the lives of two women or climb back up the tower to see if he could save others' lives. This moment was very difficult for him. He knew that there was a chance that he may perish that day if he went back up the tower, but he also would not be able to live peacefully going forward, knowing he could have saved more lives instead of selfishly saving his own and forgetting about everybody else who was still trapped.
It was a mental struggle for him. He never had to address a dilemma that was so difficult. The consequences of any decision he made in that moment in time would be monumental, either for him, others who were trapped, his family, or everyone together. The decision that Welles made that day would prove to shape his legacy as a true hero and courageous man who cared deeply about the well-being of other people.