BTP officers decorated by Her Majesty The Queen for bravery during London Bridge terror attack

PC Leon McLeod (left) and PC Wayne Marques

PC Leon McLeod (left) and PC Wayne Marques

Two British Transport Police officers have been awarded medals by Her Majesty The Queen for their heroic actions during last year’s London Bridge terrorist attack. PC Leon McLeod was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, while PC Wayne Marques has received 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.

His colleague, PC Leon McLeod, was with PC Marques that night. He ran after the attackers and gave vital First Aid to injured people, helping to carry them to safety despite the danger posed to himself.

PC Leon McLeod said: “It means the world to me to stand in front of Her Majesty The Queen to receive this unbelievable honour. I never thought I was being courageous. I was only trying my hardest to help those who were so critically injured. I’ll never forget what I saw that night, but I will also not forget the bravery of every emergency responder. Receiving this honour is a poignant moment in the shadow of a brutal and shocking attack where innocent people lost their lives.”

PC Wayne Marques stated: “I am only able to stand here today thanks to the inspirational work of my therapists, family, colleagues and friends. During the early dark days, you were all there for me, helping me to regain my strength and reach a position where I could return to work. It was such a privilege to stand in Buckingham Palace in front of Her Majesty The Queen and receive the George Medal. I never expected my policing career to come to this point.”

Met officer honoured in unison

PC McLeod and PC Marques were honoured alongside PC Charlie Guenigault from the Metropolitan Police Service, who was also injured during the London Bridge terrorist attack.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Cressida Dick, said: “That summer night, while out with friends, Charlie ran towards danger, simply intent on protecting fellow officers and members of the public. Charlie’s bravery undoubtedly helped others. Despite suffering serious injuries, he continued to act 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.”

PC Guenigault observed: “I am so honoured and humbled to receive the George Medal. 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, and 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.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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