On Thursday, President Trump awarded the presidential citizen medal to a deceased hero of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, credited with saving the lives of thousands of people.
The honor was given to the late Rick Rescorla, a Vietnam-born veterinarian from Brisith, who was responsible for the security of the Morgan Stanley financial company based in the Twin Towers.
When the first plane hit the North Tower on September 11, 2001, Rescorla began to evacuate and calm down workers in the South Tower when a second plane hit their tower.
Rescorla saved the lives of nearly 2,700 people, but not his. He was last seen climbing the stairs of the South Tower in an attempt to save more.
& # 39; That 2,700 people went to their loved ones that night. In the 18 years since they raised families, sent their children to college, walked their sons and daughters down the aisle, held their grandchildren, thanks in large measure to an extraordinary American, ”said the president.
President Trump presented the Rick Rescorla family on Thursday with the Presidential Citizens Medal. Rescorla, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is said to have saved almost 2,700 people by having them evacuate the South Tower
This photo from November 1965 shows Rick Rescorla during his service in Vietnam. On Thursday, Rescorla received the second highest civilian honor for saving thousands during the September 11 terrorist attacks
President Trump speaks in the East Room on Thursday and presents the Presidential Citizens Medal to one of the heroes of 9/11
President Trump seizes the hand of Rick Rescorla's widow and presents the Presidential Citizens Medal to her Thursday at the White House
A close-up of the Presidential Citizens Medal. The prize was created 50 years ago this month through an executive order signed by President Richard Nixon and is the nation's second highest civil honor
Rescorla had also evacuated workers during the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. After that attack, he warned that the next attack could "come out of the sky", Trump said.
On that day, Rescorla had the employees – who were instructed to stay in place – & # 39; get out and march & # 39 ;, Trump said.
Rick Rescorla (photo) born in England was honored at the White House on Thursday for saving thousands on September 11, 2001
& # 39; Just do it, & # 39; the president continued. & # 39; And they had practiced before because of him. & # 39;
Thursday saw Rescorla & # 39; s wife Susan and children Trevor and Kim.
Susan came on stage to accept the medal.
Asked why the prize came now, Susan Rescorla said: & # 39; Becauase this would be. & # 39;
She choked briefly when she stood next to Trump.
& # 39; Thank goodness we were blessed with a very meaningful time together & # 39 ;, she said about her deceased husband.
The Presidential Citizens Medal is the second highest civilian award an American receives after the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
It is rarely distributed, but was created 50 years ago through an order from President Richard Nixon this month.
Trump, who has attracted controversy for some of the comments he made about 9/11, has tried to improve this this year.
In July, Trump signed a permanent extension of the Victim Compensation Act, which gives first aid workers and other victims of 9/11 pollution access to a health fund.
Former & # 39; Daily Show & # 39; presenter Jon Stewart was the advocate of the effort.
Crowds of Americans who have survived 9/11 – including many first responders – are now ill from exposure to toxins and are sick and dying from cancer.
On Thursday, there were 12 9/11 first responders in the White House audience. There were also five veterans from the War on Terror.
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