Cyril Richard Rescorla (May 27, 1939 - September 11, 2001) was a British-American US Army officer and private security officer who rescued approximately 2,700 people during the September 11, 2001 attacks. He heard American Airlines Flight 11 strike The North Tower, and saw the burning tower from his South Tower office window. When there was an announcement telling people to stay at their desks, Rescorla ignored it and ordered the employees to evacuate. As he directed people down a stairwell, he calmed employees after a plane crashed into Tower 2, 38 floors above. When he was told he had to evacuate, he said "As soon as I make sure everyone else is out." He was still inside the building when it collapsed. He was declared dead three weeks later, however, his body has never been found.