[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Memorial unveiled to Cornish hero
Rescorla memorial
Rick Rescorla became a naturalised US citizen in the 1960s
A Cornish-born hero of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been honoured with a memorial in the United States.

Rick Rescorla, originally from Hayle, was the security manager for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter at the World Trade Centre in New York.

The Cornishman died after he led 2,700 people to safety when the planes struck the twin towers on 11 September 2001.

More than 500 people attended the unveiling ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he trained in the army.

Rick was an amazing man who loved Cornwall and never, ever forgot his Cornish roots
Mervyn Sullivan, boyhood friend

The 62-year-old, who shepherded thousands down from the south tower, was last seen going back up the stairs, but his body was never recovered.

In 2002 calls for a UK gallantry award were rejected because Mr Rescorla had become a naturalised US citizen in the 1960s.

But Prime Minister Tony Blair has backed calls for a posthumous American Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mr Rescorla was a US Army Colonel and was decorated for his service in Vietnam.

Rick Rescorla in the World Trade Centre
Mr Rescorla in the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001

Susan Rescorla said the statue would be permanently sited at Fort Benning in Georgia where her husband had done his army training.

"He left from Fort Benning for Vietnam and returned with many medals," she told BBC News.

"It seems fitting for his legacy to be in front of the national museum. Inside are his medals and pictures of what happened on 9/11 and pictures of Rick as a colonel."

Mrs Rescorla said wonderful tributes had been paid to her husband, including memories recounted of the Cornishman singing "Goin' up Camborne Hill, comin' down".

"This is really the pinnacle and a legacy for Rick who is a new hero for the new millennium."

St Piran

Mervyn Sullivan from Hayle, who was a boyhood friend of Mr Rescorla, flew over to the US to attend the memorial unveiling.

"When Rick came back to Cornwall, we never failed to get together and go for a drink in the Cornish Arms.

"We brought over a 5ft (1.5m) black and white St Piran's flag and gave the Cornish salute in the Cornish language.

"Rick loved Cornwall and never forgot his Cornish roots."

Rescorla medal campaign continues
06 Sep 05 |  Cornwall
Medal hope for Cornish 9/11 hero
20 May 05 |  Cornwall
Bomb risk forces NY tower rethink
05 May 05 |  Americas
Twin towers hero remembered
11 Sep 03 |  Cornwall


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific