Brave officers commended for Manchester Arena attack responseThey ran towards the scene not knowing the dangers they could face
Officers, PCSOs and rail staff who carried out extraordinary acts of bravery in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack were recognised for their heroism.
A commendation ceremony was held to recognise the British Transport Police officers and staff, Northern Rail employees and Carlisle Support Services staff who responded to the atrocity last May.
Among the BTP personnel honoured were PC Jessica Bullough, PCSO Mark Renshaw, PCSO Jon Morrey and PCSO Lewis Brown - the first responders on the scene.
PCSO Mark Renshaw was one of the first four responders on the scene at the Manchester Arena.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He gave lifesaving first aid and provided comfort to a little girl who asked him to "help her mummy". The lady had sadly died.
He is highly commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/vXP6T9TF0s
PCSO Jon Morrey was on duty at Manchester Victoria when he heard the bomb detonate.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
His only instinct that night was to save lives. He worked to rescue victims, applying makeshift bandages and staying with them throughout the night.
He is highly commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/VwyCuTeGYM
PC Jessica Bullough sent out the call for assistance that night, radioing to say “a bomb had exploded”.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
She carried out exceptional lifesaving efforts, performing CPR on a critically injured woman and using makeshift robes to cover those who had died.
She is highly commended. pic.twitter.com/MoVLpMh2gL
PCSO Lewis Brown was just six weeks into the job when he was on duty at Manchester Victoria and heard the explosion.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He demonstrated great courage, running through the crowds to help those injured and support all night to the survivors.
He is highly commended. pic.twitter.com/96Dm8JY3oO
British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “This ceremony gave us an opportunity to remember those 22 people who lost their lives and all the lives changed that night.
“It also gave us a chance to formally recognise those who ran towards scenes of danger, despite unknown danger to themselves, to help and protect the many innocent people who found themselves caught up in the attack.
“We are incredibly proud and extremely grateful for the heroic actions of all those commended here today.
“However, more than 180 BTP officers and staff showed incredible courage during their response to the immediate aftermath of the attack and in addition to those receiving a commendation today, I will be sending a personal letter of recognition to all BTP officers and staff who carried out extreme acts of bravery that night and in the days that followed.
“Their courage, professionalism and compassion was outstanding, and the force is proud of each and every one of them.”
PC Phil Healy was off duty when he heard about the explosion at the Manchester Arena on 22 May.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He made his way to the scene with his police dog Mojo and together, they searched the Arena to ensure there were no other devices.
He is commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/5dBTpLttbm
PC Dale Allcock was across the city when he heard the call for assistance on 22 May.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
There within minutes, he ran against the crowds to give vital first aid to casualties who had suffered significant injuries. He stayed there all night.
He is commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/B3SvNJPRWD
PC Jane Bridgewater was on duty in the city centre when she heard the call for assistance.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
There within minutes, she helped carry people to safety. She administered CPR to a lady who sadly died, and gave first aid to many others.
She is commended for her bravery. pic.twitter.com/zXp9F4yV21
PC Thomas Campbell ran to the Manchester Arena, against the crowds, on the night of May 22 and helped calm a distressed young girl who was trying to find help for her mum.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He stayed on scene all night, providing first aid and help for families.
He is commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/0WQXMUc6R8
PC Dale Edwards was on duty in Manchester city centre when he heard the call for help on the radio.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He provided invaluable support and comfort to the survivors, carrying people out on makeshift stretchers and administering first aid.
He is commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/6BgkYjiBpU
PC Matthew Martin was on patrol when he heard about the explosion.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He immediately rushed to the scene and with colleagues, worked to save people, moving them on makeshift stretchers made from whatever they could find.
He is commended for his bravery. pic.twitter.com/DPyJqNQfPj
PC Mark Conway was at Manchester Arena within minutes and used his own clothing to stem the flow of blood from those seriously injured.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He remained on the scene throughout the evening and for that bravery, he is commended. pic.twitter.com/ssqzAlqVfA
Sgt Lakhveer Singh showed tireless support for her colleagues in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
Along with colleagues, she coordinated welfare arrangements and visits to the scene to help officers on their road to recovery.
She is commended. pic.twitter.com/mk7L0fPvNu
In the days that followed the Manchester attack, our Disaster Victim Identification team worked to recover the bodies of those who had sadly lost their lives.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
Together, they ensured every person was treated with the utmost respect and dignity and for that, they are commended. pic.twitter.com/2SFjPofmsL
Insp Gary Jones was part of the team who were at Manchester within hours to ensure people were looking after the welfare of officers at the scene.— BTP (@BTP) January 5, 2018
He helped to ensure each of them received individual support and for that, he is commended. pic.twitter.com/XuOM8Q4mgv
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