Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, the ‘hero’ who died trying to save woman in Thames, nominated for bravery award

A 20-year-old man who was branded a “hero” after he died trying to save a woman who fell into the Thames has been put forward for a bravery award.

City of London Police have contacted the Royal Humane Society to nominate Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, adding it is “absolutely right” that his “bravery and selfless actions” are recognised.

A spokesperson said: “We feel that is absolutely right to recognise the bravery and selfless actions of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi.

“To honour his memory and heroism, we have contacted the Royal Humane Society to start the nomination process for their bravery award, and we are also looking to award Jimi a commissioner’s commendation from the City of London Police.

“Our thoughts remain with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

As the plans were announced, Mr Olubunmi-Adewole’s family described him as a “loving son” and “best friend” who is “irreplaceable”.

Mr Olubunmi-Adewole was on his way home from work at a central London restaurant at around midnight last Saturday when he spotted a woman fall from London Bridge.

He and another man got in the water to save her.

The coastguard and the Metropolitan Police marine unit rescued the woman and one man, but could not locate the second.

A body was found at 6am on Saturday morning which was later formally identified as Mr Olubunmi-Adewole.

In statements through the force, his father Michael Adewola said: “Jimi is a loving son and my best friend. He has a good heart and always willing to help everyone around him. I’ll forever miss him.”

His mother Olasunkanmi Adewole said: “My son Jimi is my strength, he takes care of me and everyone. I’m empty without Jimi. I pray to have peace in my life.”

His brother described him as “irreplaceable” and “the most generous person”.

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