9/11 hero Rick Rescorla

Rick Rescorla (1939-2001) was the British-American director of security at Morgan Stanley on Sept 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked. He is credited as being one of the few people who predicted a large scale terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

He was prepared accordingly, had the whole company run evacuation drills 4 times a year. It paid off. Through his actions on 9/11 he is responsible for saving most of the 2678 Morgan Stanley employees. Being a former Vietnam veteran and no stranger to life or death situations, he was heard singing while leading the evacuations to calm others down. After Morgan Stanley’s offices were evacuated, he returned to the tower to save others and perished in it.

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