A CORNWALL man who died in the September 11 terror attacks has been remembered at an annual service.

Rick Rescorla, originally from Hayle, was working on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower in New York on that day in 2001.

Rick, a former para officer who also served in the US forces, ignored the PA system urging people to stay at their desks and started directing people down a stairwell from the 44th floor, collecting more people as they went.

To help calm people down he started singing Cornish songs such as 'Men of Cornwall'.

In between he would call his wife, telling her not to worry.

After successfully rescuing 2,687 people, he went back into the building –ignoring a colleague who told him not to go.

His last words were: "As soon as I make sure everyone else is out."

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He was last seen on the 10th floor heading up the tower.

The tower collapsed shortly after, at 9.59am.

His remains were never found.

On Friday a service was held at Rick's memorial in Hayle and Tom and Jen French and Standard Bearer Adie Denyer, with his partner Sarah Angove, of The Royal Cornwall Branch Parachute Regiment Association, attended.

At precisely 2.59pm – 9.59am in New York – the time the South Tower fell, a lone bugler sounded the ‘Last Post’ while Adie lowered the standard and Tom saluted.

After a minute's silence the bugler sounded ‘Reveille’.

Afterwards poppy crosses were laid by Tom, Adie, Jen and Sarah and Tom handed out crosses to members of the public who wanted to lay a cross in memory.

Members of the community laid flowers.