The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy. by Tom Rinaldi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Powerful, emotional, inspiring!
It's not often that a book brings me to tears, but this one sure did. It could be because I vividly recall the minute by minute drama of September 11, 2001, or maybe it's because Welles' story is simply heartbreaking.
Throughout his story from his days as a kid in Nyack, NY who carried a red bandanna with him always (as his father taught him), to his passion for sports and volunteer firefighting, through his years at Boston College then on to the financial hub of Wall Street, Welles was not perfect, but he was simply good - a good person. After Welles died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his mother just couldn't accept that she didn't know what his last moments were like. Yet survivor stories shared glimpses into the tragedy, and several pointed to a mysterious man with a red bandanna who helped save them. This man proved to be Welles, and his story deserves to be shared with all.
A must read!
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