An off-duty officer who confronted armed terrorists during the London Bridge terror attack has been awarded a George Medal in recognition of his bravery in the presence of extreme danger.
PC Charlie Guenigault, along with two colleagues from the British Transport Police, was awarded the prestigious medal by HM The Queen, as part of The Queen’s Civilian Gallantry List at Buckingham Palace today, Thursday 11 October.
On the evening of 3 June, 2017 PC Guenigault, a response officer working in Southwark, was off-duty and enjoying an evening with friends following his shift, when terrorists attacked the area by driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge; and then indiscriminately attacked people in Borough Market.
Charlie ran towards the attackers, putting himself between them and other officers being attacked. As a consequence he received serious injuries to his head, back and stomach.
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick, said: "That summer night whilst out with friends, Charlie ran towards danger, simply intent on protecting fellow officers and members of the public.
"Charlie's bravery undoubtedly helped others, and despite suffering serious injuries he continued without a single thought for himself.
"I know that I speak on behalf of all of my officers and staff, when I say how immensely proud we are of Charlie."
During the tragic event, eight people died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police. A further 48 people were taken to hospital.
PC Guenigault, said: “I am so honoured and humbled to receive the George Medal and I am so glad that I get to receive this in front of my family.”
"I hope that I have done my friends, family, colleagues and the nation proud. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me throughout the past year - especially those who helped to save my life."
The gallantry list citation added: "PC Guenigault was off-duty when he showed exemplary action in response to this terrorist attack. He tried to protect fellow police officers and members of the public by distracting and attempting to stop the terrorists. He placed himself in danger and was aware of the possibility of serious personal injury."