Rick Rescorla is a man you should remember. An immigrant, a decorated Vietnam Veteran, college graduate, law school graduate and head of security at Morgan Stanley.
Rick was a decorated war veteran, you can read about his service record from Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette here.
With all of Rick’s accomplishments, he accepted the position to become the head of security at Morgan Stanley.
Rick was with Morgan Stanley in 1993. When the WTC was bombed, Rick was the last person out of the building, ensuring all employees were safely evacuated. As a result of that bombing, Rick believed the Morgan Stanley staff should be better prepared in the event the WTC was ever bombed again. He held semi-annual drills, mandatory attendance, and would have the employees walk down the staircases to the street.
I remember reading several employee accounts about how they tried to ditch the exercises, Rick wouldn’t let that happen. No employee missed the drills, including the CEO.
On the morning of September 11th, as Rick was being instructed that the building was in no danger, he implemented the evacuation plan. Rick led those people to safety and kept going back into the building ensuring everyone made it to the ground. Over 2,600 employees walked to safety while only 5 remained behind. Rick went back into the building yet again to rescue those remaining employees.
6 employees of Morgan Stanley perished when the north tower collapsed on September 11th. Rick Rescorla was one of them.
Blackfive.net reports that Rick was singing “Men of Harlech” in the stairway that harrowing morning. To the very end this man was the epitomy of courage and valor. For that reason, Rick should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
A petition has been established here requesting that the President award Rick the Medal of Freedom. Please take a moment to sign the petition for Rick.