5 Heroes Of The London Bridge Attacks

Last Saturday evening, at around 9:58 pm, a white van veered off the road and onto the sidewalk of London Bridge, in the heart of the English capital, ploughing into pedestrians.

The van kept going until it crashed near the Barrowboy and Banker pub at the end of the bridge, where three attackers with long knives jumped out, ran into Borough Market and randomly stabbed and slashed multiple people in pubs and restaurants.

Seven people died in these attacks, and at least 48 people were taken to local hospitals, 21 of them in a critical condition. At the time of writing, one person is missing.

If the three men responsible for these atrocities thought they were going to stir fear into the hearts of Londoners however, they were wrong.

The people of London responded with courage, heroism and resilience. 

Here are just five heroes of the London Bridge attacks.

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Photo Credit: Screenshot from BBC online video

1. Police Arrived On The Scene In Minutes

It took the Metropolitan Police just eight minutes to get to the scene of the mass stabbings and stop the terrorists responsible. Undoubtedly, there would have been many more deaths if the police had not been able to respond so rapidly. 

The Met Police’s assistant commissioner, Mark Rowley, said, “The situation these officers were confronted with was critical – a matter of life and death. Three armed men, wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately. Indeed I am not surprised that faced with what they must have feared were three suicide bombers, the firearms officers fired an unprecedented number of rounds to be completely confident they had neutralized those threats.”

Rowley added, “I am humbled by the bravery of an officer who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber thinking only of protecting others.”

2. Romanian Baker Hurls Crates At Attacker

Florin Morariu works at Borough Market’s Ahead bakery. On Saturday evening, seeing a group of clearly upset women standing outside the bakery, he invited them in and learned that there were three men outside stabbing people. He immediately grabbed two crates and ran outside.

Speaking to the BBC, he said:

“I felt pity for the victims, I didn’t know how to handle things or react. I thought to myself I’m also in danger.” That didn’t stop Morariu however.

“I just threw the crate at (one of the attackers.),” he said.

I just threw the first crate and I knew he was going to dodge it. While he was dodging it, I walked towards him and hit him in the head with the other crate.”

3. Off-Duty Policeman Stabbed After Tackling A Knife-Man

Many of the wounded have not been named so far, but we have learned that an off-duty policeman, who is an amateur rugby player, was so courageous that he threw himself at one of the attackers in an attempt to stop the man.

As a result, the policeman was stabbed and is in critical condition in a London hospital.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick described the officer’s actions as “utterly heroic,” and added, “It’s hard to pick out individual stories but I am immensely proud of him and what he did.”

4. Stabbed Woman Saved By Critical Care Nurse

Carlos Pinto was with friends at the El Pastor restaurant when one of the attackers entered and stabbed a woman in the chest.

At once Pinto, who is a critical care nurse, along with a friend, also a nurse, ran over to do what he could for the woman.

At the same time, other diners succeeded in pushing the attacker out of El Pastor by throwing chairs and bottles at him. With the attacker outside, the restaurant staff quickly secured the building by lowering a security gate.

It took more than two hours before the paramedics could get through to take the woman to the hospital, but thanks to Pinto and his friend, she never lost consciousness.

5. Doctor Changes Saturday Night Plans Abruptly

Dr. Malik Ramadhan, the duty consultant for the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Royal London Hospital, was riding home on his bike on Saturday evening when he saw a fleet of emergency vehicles rushing towards the London Bridge area. 

Realizing something was wrong, he turned around and sped back to work. He devoted the rest of the night to operating on 12 of the badly injured victims of these attacks.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr. Ramadhan said, “People who had gone through an experience so traumatic I can’t even imagine were just sitting on trolleys unable to speak.”

At a vigil on June 5, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, (seen above) reaffirmed the heroism displayed last Saturday with these words:

“London stands in defiance of this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life. As the Mayor of London, I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes. We will defeat you. You will not win.”

He added: “As a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this: You do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the true values of Islam and you will never succeed in dividing our city.”

As someone who grew up near London before moving to the U.S. several years ago, I am so proud of all these heroes who acted with such courage.

Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube video.

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