Police and public honoured for bravery in London Bridge terror attack

Lester Mason
July 21, 2018

Boden is one of eight people recognized on the Civilian Gallantry honours list, it is one of the largest groups awarded for a single event since World War 1, reports Seven News.

Three men rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing dozens of people who were out enjoying a night in London's popular Borough Market area in June 2017.

They include two people who were killed as they went to the aid of others.

He is posthumously awarded the George Medal for confronting armed terrorists to protect others.

He praised the efforts of Ellen Gauntlett and Justin Jones, who helped him and took him to hospital, and have been recognised with the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

Romanian Florin Morariu, a baker who grabbed two bread crates and threw them at the terrorists when he was alerted to the attack, receives the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

Three police officers also received awards for their bravery in tackling the terrorists.

Met PC Charles Guenigault was off-duty at the time but rushed to help PC Marques when he saw what was happening and was stabbed repeatedly.

The fourth recipient of a George Medal is Hassan Zubier, who came to the aid of victims of a knife attack while he was on holiday with his family in Finland.

The awarding committee said: "Using his skateboard as a weapon, he was well aware that it was no match for the weapons that were being used by the assailants".

Thomas Jackson, who died trying to save fellow Briton Mia Ayliffe-Chung during a knife attack at an Australian backpacker hostel in August 2016, is posthumously awarded a Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Four Border Force officers - David Sant, Lee Townsend, Stuart Woodland and Gareth Leadbetter - receive the Queen's Commendation for Bravery after saving 63 lives between them in two incidents involving vessels in trouble in the water in 2016.

Stephen Adams will be given the award, alongside the family of Richard Guest, from Walsall, West Midlands, who died in the rescue attempt and is being posthumously honoured.

His parents Leslie and Sandra Jackson described it as a "bittersweet moment" for the family but said they were "inestimably proud" that his actions had been recognised.

The awards committee said the men had "demonstrated unselfish courage to ensure the safety of two strangers" by helping the girls, who both survived, and awarded them Queen's Gallantry Medals.

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