Twenty people have been named on this year’s Civilian Gallantry List, which recognises people who show outstanding bravery whilst trying to save the lives of others.
Eight awards have been given to police officers and everyday heroes who were involved during the June 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.
Ignacio Echeverria, a 39-year-old Spanish banker, died whilst trying to defend a woman from the terrorists, armed with only his skateboard. He was posthumously awarded the George Medal, one of the highest accolades for a civilian.
PC Wayne Marques, a British Transport Police Officer, and PC Charles Guenigault, from the Metropolitan Police, also receive the George Medal.
PC Guenigault was off-duty when he saw the attack happening. Without any protection, he ran towards the armed three terrorists and confronted them, sustaining serious injuries.
It’s a very, very proud moment, said PC Guenigault. Not just for me, I hope it’s a proud moment for my family and my friends as well.
PC Marques, who was on-duty at the time of attack, took on the terrorists armed with just a baton. He too was seriously injured but caused enough of a distraction to the attackers to allow others around him to escape.
It was pretty much a horror story that night, PC Marques told Sky News. But as time goes on and you have time to reflect on some of the great stories, not just your own but of other people that were there and involved that night.
For every evil that was done that night there were some fantastic stories of bravery and courage.
Australian nurse Kirsty Boden is also recognised with the Queen’s Commendation For Bravery. Ms Boden was giving first aid to victims at the scene when she was fatally stabbed.
Her family said they were very proud.
Also on the Queen’s List, but not involved in the London Bridge attack, were British backpackers Thomas Jackson and Daniel Richards.
In August 2016, the two men tried to defend a fellow backpacker, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, during a knife attack. Mr Richards managed to escape but Mr Jackson died of his injuries.
Mr Jackson’s family described the posthumous award as clearly a bittersweet moment.
We are inestimably proud and grateful that his actions in trying to protect Mia on that awful day have been recognised in this way.
He will always be our hero. FULL LIST OF AWARDSGEORGE MEDALIgnacio ECHEVERRIA, civilian (posthumous) For confronting armed terrorists to protect others at London Bridge on 3 June 2017PC Charlie GUENIGAULT, Metropolitan PoliceFor confronting armed terrorists to protect others at London Bridge on 3 June 2017PC Wayne MARQUES, British Transport PoliceFor confronting armed terrorists to protect others at London Bridge on 3 June 2017Paul Hassan James ZUBIER, civilianFor going to the assistance of a woman being attacked by a man with a knifeQUEEN’S GALLANTRY MEDALStephen John ADAMS, civilianRichard Arthur GUEST, civilian (posthumous)For saving a young girl from drowningThomas Leslie JACKSON, civilian (posthumous)Daniel Leigh RICHARDS, civilianFor trying to save a woman attacked by a man armed with a knifePC Leon McLEOD, British Transport PoliceFor confronting armed terrorists to protect others at London Bridge on 3 June 2017John Moore, civilianFor rescuing a driver from a burning vehicle
QUEEN’S COMMENDATION FOR BRAVERY
Theresa COSGROVE, civilianFor rescuing a driver from a burning vehicleKirsty BODEN, civilian (posthumous)For giving assistance to the victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack on 3 June 2017Ellen GAUNTLETT, civilianJustin JONES, civilianFor going to the assistance of an injured police officer at London Bridge on 3 June 2017
Gareth Jack LEADBETTER, Border Force officerFor rescuing 20 persons from a sinking vessel
Sean MOORE, civilianFor intervening in a violent altercationFlorin MORARIU, civilianFor providing shelter to those escaping the London Bridge terrorist attack on 3 June 2017David Robert SANT, Border Force officerLee Anthony TOWNSEND, Border Force officerStuart Anthony WOODLAND, Border Force officerFor rescuing people from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea
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