Heroes who tackled London Bridge terrorist will be awarded UK’s highest bravery medals for civilians
International - December 26, 2019

Heroes who tackled London Bridge terrorist will be awarded UK’s highest bravery medals for civilians

THE heroes who tackled London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan are to get the highest possible bravery medals.

The men, including Darryn Frost who held off knifeman Khan with a narwhal tusk, are set to receive the George Cross or the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

The PM’s spokesman suggested the men were likely to get their gongs next year and described them as the very best of the British people.

They are likely to get either the George Cross or the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, the highest civilian awards for bravery.

Darryn Frost and John Crilly attacked the terrorist with a narwhal tusk and fire extinguisher
Darryn Frost and John Crilly attacked the terrorist with a narwhal tusk and fire extinguisher
Civil servant Darryn Frost used a 5ft decorative tusk to tackle Usman Khan
Civil servant Darryn Frost used a 5ft decorative tusk to tackle Usman Khan
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Labour MP Neil Coyle, whose constituency includes London Bridge, said: Anyone who tries to tackle a terrorist at great risk to themselves should be recognized for the bravery shown.

Tory Mark Francois said: The honours system is a highly appropriate way of recognising these incredible individuals whose bravery undoubtedly saved lives.

Brendan Cox, whose MP wife Jo was murdered by a right-wing fanatic, said: These are the best of us and their bravery is what we should all remember.

‘THE VERY BEST’

The heroes include Darryn Frost, 38, who held knifeman Khan at bay with a narwhal tusk.

He grabbed it from the wall in Fishmongers’ Hall as Khan launched the attack that killed two people and wounded others during a prisoner rehabilitation event.

John Crilly, 48, who was on parole after serving 13 years for manslaughter, also showed great courage by battling Khan with a fire extinguisher.

Tour guides Thomas Gray, 24, and Stevie Hurst, 34, a Polish chef and a British Transport policeman also tackled Khan, who was eventually shot dead by armed officers.

Tour guides Thomas Gray, 24, and Stevie Hurst, 34, also tackled Khan
Tour guides Thomas Gray, 24, and Stevie Hurst, 34, also tackled Khan
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Usman Khan was shot dead by police just minutes after he launched his deadly attack
Usman Khan was shot dead by police just minutes after he launched his deadly attack
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PM Boris Johnson’s spokesman added: The Prime Minister and the country have huge admiration for the courage they showed.

It is too soon for the heroes to get their medals in the New Year honours list.

But the spokesman signalled they would be considered either at the Queen’s Birthday honours next summer or the 2021 New Year’s list.

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