Cornish 9/11 hero to be honoured by school

Western Morning News

The widow of a Cornish hero is in North Cornwall today for a ceremony honouring him at Launceston College.

Rick Rescorla lost his life in the 9/11 attack in New York in 2001, but not before guiding 2,700 workers to safety. Rick, 62, originally from Hayle and head of security for the bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, sang Cornish songs as he led them down the stairs of the World Trade Centre’s South Tower.

Having seen them to safety, he and a colleague went back up to look for more, and died when the tower collapsed.

One of four new houses introduced at the school in September is named after him, as an important person in Cornish history.

Rescorla House stands alongside Trevithick, Hepworth and Causley.

“We’re honoured to welcome Rick’s widow, Susan, to Launceston to meet our students and plant a tree in her husband’s memory,” said a school spokesman.

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