Wednesday, June 07, 2017

How heroes of London Bridge terror attack ignored danger and saved lives with some paying the ultimate sacrifice

These people deserve more attention than the madmen killers.

by Chris Kitching
June 7, 2017

How heroes of London Bridge terror attack ignored danger and saved lives with some paying the ultimate sacrifice

From fighting off with skateboards to running in with just a baton, here are some of the tales of courage which have emerged since the attack left eight people dead and about 50 injured

There are increasing calls for the heroes of the London Bridge terror attack to be officially recognised with medals or other awards of bravery.

Inspiring tales of courage and heroism have emerged in the days since three terrorists killed eight people and injured about 50 others before being shot dead.

They include an off-duty police officer who was knifed all over his body as he took on the terrorists and a nurse who made the ultimate sacrifice as she ran towards danger to help others.


Kirsty Boden

Ms Boden, a nurse, died while "running towards danger" in a bid to help victims of the attack, her family confirmed.


Ignacio Echeverria

Mr Echeverria, an HSBC worker and Spanish national, was killed as he came to the aid of a victim and used his skateboard to attack one of the terrorists.

The 39-year-old, who lived in Poplar, east London and was from Las Rozas de Madrid, confronted the knife-wielding madman as a woman was stabbed.


Charlie Guenigault

The off-duty police officer suffered knife wounds all over his body when he ran towards the chaos and tackled the terrorists.

Mr Guenigault, from Bexley, south-east London, was on a night out with pals as the massacre unfolded and went into "police mode" as he protected other drinkers, a friend told the Sun.


Geoff Ho

The Londoner was at the Black & Blue restaurant when the terrorists entered looking for more victims, and he decided to confront them to protect others and delay them until police arrived.

The business journalist said: "I had to shield my friends and the people there. Then I noticed they had what looked like suicide vests on. I tried to slow them, they attacked.


Roy Larner

The 47-year-old, from Peckham, south London, was in a pub with friends when the jihadists burst in shouting "This is for Allah".

In that moment he decided to "take the p*** out of these b*****ds" by shouting his own battlecry: "F*** you, I'm Millwall!"

The terrorists turned on him and started stabbing him, allowing others to escape.

He suffered eight knife wounds as he fought back but survived and continues to recover in hospital following surgery.


Jared Bambridge

The off-duty soldier raced towards the scene after he heard gunshots and used his battlefield training to save some of the victims.

Florin Morariu

Mr Morariu, a baker at Bread Ahead, hit one of the terrorists over the head with a crate before giving shelter to 20 terrified witnesses.


There have been several stories of bar and restaurant staff protecting customers by fighting back or barricading doors.

Among them was a Wheatsheaf Pub bouncer called Ozzie, who threw chairs, bottles and glasses at the trio just moments before they were shot dead.


Gerard Vowls

The heroic witness said he fought back and tried to get the assailants to chase him after seeing a woman being repeatedly stabbed.


British Transport and Met Police officers

A number of police officers who responded to the attack have been hailed for individual acts of courage, although many of their identities remain a mystery.

A member of the British Transport Police was recognised after he took on the killers with his baton. The officer was stabbed in the face, head and leg.


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