Posted on Friday 17 January 2014
Hospital security officers
Two hospital security officers have received the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's High Commendation. They earned the award for outstanding bravery and determination in pursuing and disarming an armed robber.
In July last year, Konrad Kedziora and Daniel Simons stopped a man who attempted to rob a bank near Guy’s Hospital.
He ran past the hospital when security shift manager Konrad was patrolling the area. Konrad blocked the armed man’s path and grabbed the gun. With the help of two other Good Samaritans and security officer Daniel, Konrad held the robber on the ground until police arrived on scene.
The commendation recognises a "high degree of bravery" above and beyond that normally expected. It is not normally awarded to civilians. The heroes accepted the honour yesterday (16 January) at New Scotland Yard.
Jayne King, head of security at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “I’m incredibly proud of our heroes. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they risked their lives to catch this criminal and protect the people in the local area at the time.
“Our security staff are trained to deal with violence, but thankfully it’s something they rarely come across in their day job. Their actions were certainly above and beyond what is expected of them.”
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Johnson of The Flying Squad says: "I would like to thank the members of the public who demonstrated an enormous amount of bravery, especially those who showed little fear in tackling the suspect to the ground and keeping hold of him until police arrived.”
Read the full story on the BBC website.