Two British Transport Police (BTP) officers have been honoured for their heroic actions during the London Bridge terrorist attack.
PC Leon McLeod is to be awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, and PC Wayne Marques will receive the George Medal.
On 3 June 2017, three terrorists carried out an attack on members of the public at London Bridge, resulting in eight people being killed.
PC Wayne Marques was seriously injured as he ran towards the attackers and confronted them, armed only with his baton.
Colleague PC Leon McLeod, who was with PC Marques that night, ran after the attackers and gave vital first aid to injured people, helping to carry people to safety despite the danger to himself.
Chief constable Paul Crowther said: “Last year was a year that was incredibly difficult for many BTP officers and staff up and down the country and I’m incredibly grateful for all they did during those difficult times.
“While today is a day of acknowledgment and celebration for Wayne and Leon, of course, our thoughts remain with those who lost their lives or were injured in all of those terrible incidents. But very well done to Wayne and Leon.”
PC Wayne Marques said he was “truly speechless” to be awarded the George Medal. He added: “I remember the events of that night vividly, the evil that was done but also the courage and bravery of the public and my colleagues. I am here today because of my friends who helped me, I’d cannot thank them enough.”
PC Leon McLeod said: “It feels surreal and bittersweet to be honoured following the horror of this attack. So many people acted with courage, I was just one piece in London’s response to this atrocity.”