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London Bridge terror attack heroes among those honoured with bravery awards

Two London Bridge terror attack victims were among those recognised by the Queen for their bravery.

Kirsty Boden and Ignacio Echeverria, who were both killed during the tragic events last June, were included in this year’s Civilian Gallantry list.

Guy’s Hospital theatre recovery nurse Ms Boden, 28, from Australia, was stabbed in the chest after running towards danger to give first aid to victims of the attack.

She was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for displaying “courage and compassion when, without concern for her own safety, she went to assist those who were injured”.

Spanish HSBC worker Mr Echeverria, 39, was killed while trying to fend off the terrorists with his skateboard.

He was posthumously awarded the George Medal as it is “without a doubt that his intervention allowed victims to escape, thus preventing further loss of life”.

Three police officers were also among the 20 people recognised for their “outstanding bravery” on this year’s list.

The George Medal, Queen's Gallantry Medal, and Queen's Commendation for Bravery (Cabinet Office)
The George Medal, Queen’s Gallantry Medal, and Queen’s Commendation for Bravery (Cabinet Office)

British Transport Police (BTP) officer Wayne Marques, who was stabbed several times while fighting off all three attackers armed only with his baton, was awarded the George Medal.

Peckham police officer Charlie Guenigault, who was off duty when he rushed to help PC Marques and was stabbed repeatedly, also received the George Medal.

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BTP officer PC Leon McLeod received a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for running at the terrorists and then providing aid to victims following the attack.

Ellen Gauntlett and Justin Jones, who helped PC Guenigault and took him to hospital, were awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

PC Wayne Marques

Romanian Florin Morariu, who provided shelter for victims at the bakery where he worked and went to distract the attackers from stabbing someone by throwing bread crates at them, was the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Eight people were killed and 48 injured after the three knife-wielding terrorists drove a van into revellers and tourists on London Bridge on June 3, 2017, before going on a killing spree in Borough Market.

Among others recognised in this year’s list was British paramedic Hassan Zubier, who was stabbed several times after rushing to help a woman being attacked by a man with a knife while he was holidaying with his family in Finland. He received the George Medal for his actions.

Richard Guest tragically died after he and Stephen Adams rushed to save two teenage girls who got into difficulty in the sea in North Wales. They were both awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for being “willing to risk their own lives to ensure the safety of two strangers”.

Queen’s Gallantry Medals were also awarded to Thomas Jackson, from Cheshire, and Welshman Daniel Richards who tried to save British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung and calm down her attacker after she was stabbed and killed in an Australian hostel.

PC Charlie Guenigault
Peckham police officer PC Charlie Guenigault

Mr Jackson was also stabbed numerous times and died six days later.

John Moore was awarded a Queen’s Gallantry Medal and Theresa Cosgrove received a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery after they put their lives at risk to rescue a young woman from a burning car.

Four border force officers were recognised with a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for rescuing people after two different ships capsized.

Lee Townsend, Stuart Woodland and David Sant saved 43 lives when a fishing boat carrying immigrants from Turkey foundered off the Greek island of Farmakonisi.

Gareth Leadbetter led a crew in the rescue of 20 people after a vessel carrying suspected illegal immigrants began sinking near Dungeness in extremely poor weather conditions.

Door supervisor Sean Moore was also commended after he was left with a gaping hole in the back of his hand when he stepped in front of a man to stop him attacking another man with a broken bottle in a bar in Derby city centre.


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