Trump Awards 'Presidential Citizens Medal' To 9/11 Hero Rick Rescorla
Hero's wife accepted the award on behalf of her late husband
President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to the hero credited with saving thousands of lives on September 11, 2001.
Vietnam veteran, Rick Rescorla, was working as the director of security for Morgan Stanley at the time when the South Tower of the World Trade Center was hit by one of the hijacked planes.
UK born Rescorla and people in the South Tower recalled him singing Cornish hymns as he took people to safety.
The Veteran refused to quit after evacuating the Morgan Stanley employees and even went back into the tower to help more people.
“Everybody said, ‘Rick your folks are out. You’ve done what you need to do,’ but he pointed up the stairwell and said, ‘You hear those screams?
"There’s more people up there. I have to help get them out,'” Lt. Col. Andrew Watson said in 2015.
Rescorla was last seen climbing up the stairs in the South Tower before it collapsed and was pronounced dead.
He was 62 years old.
Recorla’s widow, Susan, accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, who is credited with saving almost 2,700 people on 9/11.
At the cost of his own, Rick Rescorla helped save the lives of nearly 2,700 people at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. pic.twitter.com/ROczJezsZS— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 8, 2019
Rescorla called his wife after the plane hit the South Tower, telling her:
“Stop crying. I have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I want you to know I’ve never been happier. You made my life.”
In September, Trump called for state institutions across the United States to lower flags to half-mast to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and remember the victims.
The president's statement was published on the White House official website:
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2019, as Patriot Day," it read.
"I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001."
Almost 3,000 people lost their lives and 6,000 wounded in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001.
Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes before flying them into the World Trade Centre in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.