Dartford police officer awarded for bravery for confronting terrorists during attack
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 July 2018
A police officer from Dartford has been awarded one of the UK's highest honours for bravery for confronting armed terrorists during the London Bridge attack last June.
Metropolitan Police officer Charles Guenigault, also know as Charlie, received the George Medal for “exceptional courage.”
British Transport Police officers Wayne Marques and Leon McLeod also received awards for their actions on the night of the attack, which left eight people dead and dozens injured.
Pc Guenigault came to the aid of Pc Marques and members of the public despite being off-duty and without any protective clothing.
The 26-year-old from Dartford said he was focused on helping his policing colleagues and that his attitude at the time had been “If I got hurt, so be it”.
He described the medal as the “icing on the cake” after surviving the horrific attack.
He said: “It’s a very, very proud moment. Not just for me. I hope it’s a proud moment for my family and friends as well.”
After being stabbed, Pc Guenigault was able to give first aid instructions to members of the public Ellen Gauntlett and Justin Jones who had stopped to help.
He said he was glad the pair had also been recognised for their courage, having remained at his side even when they heard gunshots.
He said: “I can’t thank them enough really for what they did, to not only stay there but also to help me, keep me talking, keep me awake. It just shows you that you don’t have to be a police officer to do something amazing as well.”
Metropolitan Police commissioner 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.”
Paul Crowther, chief constable of BTP 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,” he said.
“Our thoughts remain with those who lost their lives or were injured in all of those terrible incidents.”