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Wednesday, 3 July, 2002, 21:29 GMT 22:29 UK
Honour for Cornish hero
Rick Rescorla, with megaphone
Rick Rescorla sang Cornish songs to fleeing workers
A Cornish man who sacrificed his life rescuing people from the World Trade Centre disaster has been posthumously awarded for his bravery.

Rick Rescorla - who was 62 when he died - has been awarded a gold medal in the British Gold Hero Awards.

The Hayle-born security expert was living and working in New York at the time of the terrorist attacks.

He took charge of the evacuation of one of the twin towers and is said to have helped hundreds of people escape.

Rick Rescorla
Rick Rescorla returned regularly to Cornwall

During the evacuation he sang Cornish folk songs to keep people's spirits up.

Mr Rescorla then refused to leave while others remained inside.

He did the same when a bomb exploded in one of the Twin Towers in 1993.

A street in Hayle has already been named after Mr Rescorla and local people have expressed their desire to have a lasting memorial to him in their town.

His actions on 11 September prompted local councillors to name a sheltered housing block after him.

The British Gold Hero Awards - sponsored by Saga - are awarded in recognition of bravery and courage by the older generation.

A gold medal will be sent to Mr Rescorla's widow Susan, who lives in the United States.

A legend

Mr Rescorla was born in Hayle but became a US citizen and fought in the Vietnam War.

A memorial service was held in the town in October, attended by US military personnel from RAF St Mawgan, and senior managers from Morgan Stanley bank.

Mr Rescorla was the company's vice president in charge of security in the World Trade Centre.

Bank executive Stephen Newhouse reminded the congregation of his courage during the 1993 evacuation, when he had been the last to leave his tower.

Mr Newhouse said: "He was a hero after that, and he is now a legend."



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