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Commendations for officers and staff who responded to Manchester Arena attack


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Police officers and rail staff who carried out extraordinary acts of bravery in the immediate aftermath of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack were recognised at a ceremony today (5/1).

The commendation ceremony, hosted at the Town Hall by the City of Manchester's Lord Mayor, was an opportunity to remember the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack on 22 May 2017, and those who were deeply affected by the atrocity.

It was also a chance to formally recognise the British Transport Police (BTP) officers and staff, Northern Rail employees and Carlisle Support Services staff who responded to the terrible attack. 

Amongst those BTP officers being honoured were PC Jessica Bullough, PCSO Mark Renshaw, PCSO Jon Morrey and PCSO Lewis Brown, who were the first officers to arrive at the scene on the night. They administered first aid to seriously injured victims and remained on scene throughout the night, providing support and comfort to survivors. They were each highly commended.

Many other police officers arrived on scene within minutes of the explosion and worked throughout the night to help those caught up in the horrific attack. Others attended the scene in the following hours and days to assist with the recovery and identification of victims, or provided welfare support to their colleagues.


Also commended were employees from Northern Rail and Carlisle Support Services. Many of those were on duty at Manchester Victoria Station when the attack took place, or came in from home to help administer first aid, evacuate casualties and provide support at the scene.


British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “For many of us, the night of 22nd May will be a date that will forever be etched in our mind. Our thoughts continue to be with every person who was affected on that horrendous night, or who lost loved ones.

“This ceremony gave us an opportunity to remember those 22 people who lost their lives and all the lives changed that night.

“It also gave us a chance to formally recognise those who ran towards scenes of danger, despite unknown danger to themselves, to help and protect the many innocent people who found themselves caught up in the attack.

“We are incredibly proud and extremely grateful for the heroic actions of all those commended here today.

“However, more than 180 BTP officers and staff showed incredible courage during their response to the immediate aftermath of the attack and in addition to those receiving a commendation today, I will be sending a personal letter of recognition to all BTP officers and staff  who carried out extreme acts of bravery that night and in the days that followed.

“Their courage, professionalism and compassion was outstanding, and the Force is proud of each and every one of them.

“We are also sincerely grateful to our colleagues across the emergency services, as well as rail and Arena staff, for their acts of heroism that night.”



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