NEWS
11/10/2018 10:21 BST

London Bridge Attack Victim To Be Honoured With Posthumous Bravery Award

Ignacio Echeverría was described as "committed to helping others" by his dad.

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A skateboarder who died as he attempted to defend a woman stabbed in the London Bridge attack will be honoured with a posthumous bravery award.

Ignacio Echeverría, from Spain, used his skateboard to try and hit one of the terrorists who killed eight people on last June.

He was attacked from behind by two other attackers.

His dad, Joaquín Echeverría Alonso, will accept the George Medal at Buckingham Palace on his son’s behalf on Thursday.

The honour is given for acts of great bravery and was instituted by King George VI in 1940.

He said his son, 39, was “good and generous” and that he was “committed to helping others”, adding that he would have done a similar thing had he been passing the Westminster Bridge attack three months prior.

Echeverría Alonso told the BBC: “Since Ignacio’s death we have lived a year of intense emotions.

“There has been pain and love and I have reflected on the meaning of duty and commitment.

“I have been compelled to think about what really matters and what is worth taking risks and fighting for; life, freedom, dignity, for oneself and for others.”

The HSBC banker was praised for his heroic and exemplary act by then Spanish Prime Minister, Marino Rajoy.

Three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and ran through Borough Market launching a knife attack on June 3. They killed eight people.

Two police officers, PC Charles Guenigault and PC Wayne Marques will also be awarded the honour.

Pc Leon McLeod will be given the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for running at the terrorists and helping victims after the rampage.