Wife of Hayle 9/11 hero visits town
HAYLE and its residents remain part of the legacy of the September 11 terrorist attacks in America, the widow of a Cornish hero said while visiting this week.
Rick Rescorla, who was born and raised in Hayle, helped save the lives of nearly 2,700 people by ensuring they evacuated the World Trade Center south tower before it collapsed after being hit by a hijacked airliner.
The 62-year-old US Vietnam War veteran, who was head of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, was killed.
His wife Susan, who visits Cornwall every year, spent a couple of hours on Friday at Penpol School, which her husband attended.
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Pupils held an emotional assembly with a performance by the choir and band of the hit song Black And Gold by Sam Sparro.
Year 3 children gave a choral speaking performance of The Hairy Toe by Daniel Postgate, which had everyone laughing, before a film of last year's end of year show was screened. It showed Year 6 girls dancing a moving tribute to Mr Rescorla, which his widow said was a beautiful and magical thing.
"I am overwhelmed," she said. "Although it made me very emotional I can't thank you enough. I will keep it with me always. I felt like I was in heaven watching it."
Mr Rescorla foresaw the terrorist attacks, with his warnings featuring in a Channel 4 documentary in 2005, entitled The Man Who Predicted 9/11. He made staff at the bank regularly practise escape drills which later saved their lives.
He was last seen going back up the stairs of the tower looking for stragglers.
His body has never been found.
Mrs Resocla was also led on a tour of the Rick Rescorla Wildlife Garden by head teacher Paul Hodson and shown books and animations the pupils had been working on.
Mrs Rescorla said: "It is the same every year. The school amazes me – every time I come it is more innovative than ever.
"The headmaster was talking about the word legacy (in the assembly). In the last two years I have had many speaking engagements all over the world and what I speak about now is the legacy and the legacy of 9/11 includes the whole world and everything changed when we had it happen on our soil ... so Penpol School is a part of this legacy because it is a part of Rick's world."