Convicted murderer is among four London Bridge attack heroes to receive Queen’s final bravery medals for fending off terrorist in 2019, one of whom wielded a narwhal tusk against the double-killer
- Steven Gallant and three others will receive the Queen’s final bravery medals
- The group confronted Usman Khan after his 2019 attack at Fishmongers’ Hall
A convicted murderer is among the four London Bridge attack heroes who will receive the late Queen’s final bravery medals.
Steven Gallant and three others, including a man whom wielded a narwhal tusk at the suspect, confronted convicted terrorist Usman Khan as he carried out his attack at a prison education conference at Fishmongers’ Hall in November 2019.
Khan, who had two large knives and a fake suicide belt, fatally stabbed Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones. He injured three other people before running on to the bridge.
Mr Gallant, who was convicted of a 2005 murder, will feature on this year’s Civilian Gallantry list – the last to be approved by Her Majesty – alongside fellow heroes John Crilly, Darryn Frost and Lukasz Koczocik.
Convicted murderer Steven Gallant (pictured) is among the four London Bridge attack heroes who will receive the late Queen’s final bravery medals
Steven Gallant and three others, including a man whom wielded a narwhal tusk at the suspect, confronted terrorist Usman Khan (pictured) as he carried out his November 2019 attack
The terrorist killed graduates Jack Merritt (left) and Saskia Jones (right) at the event in Fishmonger’s Hall before running out on to London Bridge
The four men confronted the double-killer with makeshift weapons after he launched his attack on the conference attendees.
Ex-prisoner Mr Crilly hosed Khan with a fire extinguisher and communications manager Mr Frost jabbed at Khan with a narwhal tusk, sending him off balance.
The group’s actions forced Khan out of the building. Then Mr Gallant tackled Khan to the ground, where all three restrained him until armed police arrived.
It came after Mr Koczocik used a long ceremonial pike taken from the walls of the Grade II-listed building to disarm Khan – who was eventually shot dead by police.
Mr Gallant, one of two men convicted of killing Barrie Jackson in Hull in 2005, had been allowed out on licence for the first time when the incident occurred.
‘Had Gallant not stood his ground, the attacker was likely to have gone up to the main conference room, and could have taken more lives,’ the citation for the medals, which was reviewed by The Times, reads.
All four men will each receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.
All four men will feature on this year’s Civilian Gallantry list – the last to be approved by the late Queen Elizabeth II – and receive a Queen’s Gallantry Medal (pictured)
Steve Gallant (left) is pictured with Jack Merritt (right), who died in the London Bridge attack, at the end of a Learning Together training course in April 2018
‘Had Gallant (pictured) not stood his ground, the attacker was likely to have gone up to the main conference room, and could have taken more lives,’ the citation for the medals reads
Prison officer Adam Roberts, who escorted Mr Gallant to the event on day release, also features on the list, having given first aid to Ms Jones after she was stabbed.
Mr Roberts said yesterday: ‘I feel sort of mixed, it’s very difficult to celebrate when it’s for something that had an outcome that was so bad.
‘It finished with Saskia literally dying in front of me as we tried to keep her alive, so it’s really difficult to celebrate at all when my thoughts are with her.
‘It’s really important that everybody who contributed is recognised in some way.’
Also, on the 15-person civilian gallantry list is church bell ringer John Rees, 88, who was killed as he attempted to stop a mentally ill woman carrying out a knife attack in a Co-op store on May 5 2020.
He was stabbed and bludgeoned with two wine bottles and a fire extinguisher by schizophrenic Zara Radcliffe during the attack in Pen Y Graig, Rhondda, South Wales.
The narwhal tusk used by Darryn Frost as the group confronted terrorist Usman Khan
Pictured: Khan is confronted by armed police on London Bridge following the attack at Fishmongers’ Hall
Lisa Way and Ayette Bounouri, who were in the shop at the time, have also been recognised for their roles in helping to confront Radcliffe.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden said: ‘We all hope we’d react with courage in the face of danger. These people have lived through that test, and responded in the most admirable way.
‘Their selfless actions have saved lives, and I want to express profound thanks for their willingness to put themselves in danger to protect others.
‘They are all extremely worthy winners of the final Civilian Gallantry awards of Her Majesty the late Queen.’
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