Trump Awards Posthumous Medal to Morgan Stanley’s Rick Rescorla Who Saved Thousands on 9/11

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President Trump presents the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously to veteran Rick Rescorla (begins 40:02/56:48).

Rick Rescorla, who was head of security at Morgan Stanley, is credited with saving 2,700 lives when he implemented emergency evacuation procedures at the South Tower during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

At 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower (Tower 1) of the World Trade Center. Rick Rescorla, who was also a former British paratrooper, U.S. commissioned officer in the Vietnam War, and U.S. Colonel, heard the North Tower explosion and saw the tower burning from his South Tower (Tower 2) office window on the 44th floor.

When a Port Authority announcement came over the P.A. system urging people to stay at their desks, Rescorla told people to ignore the announcement. He grabbed his bullhorn, walkie-talkie, and cell phone, and began systematically ordering Morgan Stanley employees to evacuate the South Tower before it was hit. He also ordered the evacuation of 1,000 employees in WTC 5. He directed people down a stairwell from the 44th floor, continuing to calm employees whn the South Tower was hit by the crash of United Airlines Flight 175. Even a group of 250 people visiting the offices for a stockbroker training class knew what to do because they had been shown the nearest stairway as part of preparedness training, according to Morgan Stanley executive Bill McMahon.

Rick Rescorla, post-humously honored for rescuing 2700 at World Trade Center on 9/11
Rick Rescorla, post-humously honored for rescuing 2700 at World Trade Center on 9/11

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