Hero Off-Duty Officer Rugby Tackles London Terrorist, Is In Critical Condition
Off-Duty Hero Officer Tackles Terrorist
London, UK – During the London Bridge terrorist attack a hero off-duty police officer ran out of the restaurant that he had been dining in, and ran toward the three attackers armed only with his baton.
The British Transport Police Officer, who is a rugby player, was in critical condition after being stabbed in the face, head, and leg, according to The Independent. He has been an officer for only two years. He has not been identified.
BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther said:
“Having visited the officer in hospital shortly after he was admitted for treatment, I was able to hear his account of what happened last night.
It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help.
Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station.
For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.
All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.
Our thoughts are with all of those who died or were injured, and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with what happened.”
Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick also had high praise for the officer, and others who rushed to the scene. He praised the “extraordinarily brave actions by officers on and off duty first on the scene” who “ran towards the danger.”
Three other police officers were injured, their conditions are not known.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all police officers and first responders in London, and the citizens of London and Manchester who were victims in the latest terror attacks.