Rick Rescorla was born in Cornwall, United Kingdom. He was a United States Army officer who successfully serve the country through numerous deployments. One of his notable services was the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. After his military service in Vietnam, he took up Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree in English and a law degree. He also taught criminal justice at the University of South Carolina for three years.
On 1985, he became a corporate security officer in one of the offices situated in the World Trade Center. It was during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that made Rick realized of the vulnerability of the building during a terror attack. From then, he chases the need for some vital preparations in case of another deadly attack. He forecasted that a bombing may happen and the building administration should do something about it. However, some were not amused by his moves. Rick continued to pursue and eventually got all employees, including senior executives, to practice emergency evacuations every three months.
It was an ordinary morning of September 11, 2001 when a very massive and devastating terrorist attack happened at the World Trade Center. Rick ignored the announcement of letting people stay on their desks and directed people to use the stairs for survival. He sang Cornish and Welsh songs to calm down the racing hearts of the individuals running for their lives. With his command, he saved 2,687 employees.
Rick called her wife and said, “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.”
Then, he went back to the building to save more lives, but he never came back.
He saved thousands, but not his own. This is a true story of a real hero sacrificing his life for humankind.