Deceased 9/11 Hero Made Honorary FDNY Firefighter

Updated: 12-19-2006 10:16:38 AM

The Times Union (Albany, New York)

NEW YORK - Welles Crowther never got to be a New York City firefighter in life, but he has become one in memory.

The city fire department on Friday gave Crowther the title of honorary firefighter, recognizing his heroics in rescuing several people from the burning World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Crowther himself died there.

"Under the most hellish of situations, he ... saved all those lives," said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

Crowther, 24, was an equities trader and volunteer firefighter from Nyack. Survivors said he helped guide them out of the burning south tower and then went back to help more people. His body was found in the rubble.

Crowther's family said he had been thinking about becoming a city firefighter.

"I feel a beautiful sense of warmth that he finally has been recognized for what he did," said his mother, Alison Crowther.

- Associated Press