On Thursday, the acts of an unknown man in London shocked the civilized world. An attack, rumored to be ISIS-inspired, took place outside the House of Parliament in London, killing 5 and injuring over 40.
This, alongside the attacks in Brussel and Nice, is another terror-related event that has hit a major city in Europe over the last 24 months.
But, in these moments of terror, pain, heartbreak and trepidation, it’s best to focus on the positives.
And, I think it’s extremely important to point out, and reward, the inspiring help that Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, gave in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
When the attacker arrived at Parliament, most MPs were on their way to a session, meaning many of them witnessed the devastating attack. As the man approached Parliament, he proceeded to stab innocent and unsuspecting police officer, Keith Palmer.
While police were in the process of fatally shooting the attacker, Mr Ellwood immediately jumped into action and begun helping the heavily wounded officer. one Tweet shows him with a face covered in blood, desperately trying to save Keith Palmer’s life. He then proceeded to give him CPR and mouth-to-mouth.
Sadly, this wasn’t Ellwood’s first experience with terror-related attacks. His brother died in 2002 in the terrifying Bali Bombings.
Unfortunately, Palmer couldn’t be saved and was one of five people to sadly perish in the incident. Even so, Ellwood – who was a former soldier – has been hailed as a deserving “hero” by most, with other politicians reporting he ran to the aid of the officer despite being yelled at by police to take cover.
This act of heroism has now been honored at the highest level. Ellwood has been appointed to England’s Privy Council following what Theresa May described as, “extraordinary” actions.
Ellwood will now be addressed as “right honourable.”
In devastating times like these, it’s so great to see that heroism prevails to tell the greatest story.
Steven Walton is a 16 year old student currently attending St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was brought up with two older brothers and his big passions are sports (especially motorsport), people and writing. He runs his own motorsport blog, Green Flag F1 (www.greenflagf1.com) and is aspiring to be a journalist when he is older.