Rick Rescorla Rescued Over 2,000 Employees On 9/11

By | October 3, 2019

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One of the World Trade Center's twin towers collapses after it was struck by a commercial airliner in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Source: (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Everyone remembers the 343 firefighters who died after they rushed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 to rescue the people trapped in the burning buildings after the terrorist attack that day. While we should never forget the sacrifices that these brave first responders made, we should also recognize that others played a key role in saving lives that fateful day. One of them was Rick Rescorla, the head of security for Morgan Stanley, which was located in the South Tower. Thanks to Rescorla's action, more than 2,000 people were saved from the Towers. Sadly, Rescorla was not one of them. Let's remember the life and heroic death of this man. 

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Rick Rescorla. Source: (morristowngreen.com)

Rick Rescorla’s Backstory

As a child growing up in England, Rick Rescorla idolized American soldiers. In 1957, when he was 17, he joined the British military, where he was trained as a paratrooper and worked in intelligence. For his service with the British military, he earned several accolades, including the General Service Medal with clasp Cyprus. After a three-year stint with the British military, Rescorla joined the Northern Rhodesia Police Force as an investigator. During his three years in that country, now known as Zambia, Rescorla had two experiences that shaped his future. First, he developed a seething hatred for communism. Second, he became friends with a U.S. soldier, Daniel Hill, who encouraged him to serve in Vietnam as a member of the United States military. Remember that name. It'll come up later.