Safety standards are crucially important, particularly in increasingly hazardous environments, such as skyscrapers. One individual who exemplified the importance of preparedness was Rick Rescorla, the safety director at Morgan Stanley, who played a pivotal role during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Originally from Cornwall, England, Rescorla served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War before joining Morgan Stanley, where he recognized the vulnerability of the World Trade Center complex to terrorist attacks. Despite his warnings, the corporation remained in the South Tower, where Rescorla implemented comprehensive safety protocols, including evacuation drills and clear communication procedures.

I've Got People To Take Care Of' — The Veteran Who Saved 2,700 Lives on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, Rescorla’s foresight and leadership were put to the test when the towers were struck by hijacked aircraft. Leading 2,700 people to safety, he remained calm and resolute, singing songs from his military days to boost morale. In his final moments, he reassured his wife and continued his mission to evacuate others, refusing to leave until all were accounted for.

Tragically, Rescorla’s body was never recovered from the debris. Yet, his legacy lives on through the countless lives he saved and the profound impact he had on those who knew him. Each year, his wife Susan visits memorial sites to honor his memory, reflecting on his courage and enduring spirit.Army Veteran Was Deemed 'The Bravest Man' After Saving 2,700 People During  The 9/11 Attack


At a memorial service held in 2002, Rescorla’s bravery and selflessness were celebrated by his comrades, who hailed him as one of the finest men they had ever known. Rick Rescorla’s legacy serves as a testament to the power of preparedness, leadership, and unwavering courage in the face of adversity.