Bravery awards for Glasgow Airport attack heroes

Dec 14 2010


_48499777_009869646-1.jpgSeven people, including two policemen, have received bravery awards for their actions on the day of the terror attack on Glasgow Airport.

Sgt Torquil Campbell and Pc Stewart Ferguson tackled the two men who drove a blazing Jeep into the terminal building in JUne 2007.

The officers have received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

Stephen Clarkson, Michael Kerr, Henry Lambie, Michael McDonald and Alexander McIlveen also received the award.

The Jeep, filled with gas canisters, was driven into the terminal building on 30 June 2007.

Pc Ferguson was off duty and had been at the airport to meet relatives.

He used a fire extinguisher to try to douse the flames and then used it on one of the bombers to stop him attacking colleagues.

Sgt Campbell, who has since retired, suffered a hand injury but remained on duty.

Mr McDonald, who was working at one of the check-in desks, evacuated people before striking one of the bombers and helped to restrain him.

Mr Clarkson punched one of the suspects to the ground before using his bodyweight to restrain him until he was handcuffed.

Mr Kerr, who had just returned from holiday, was punched in the face and also suffered a broken leg after going to help a police officer tackle a suspect.

Mr Lambie, who was working at the airport, helped evacuate people before he tackled the fire with an extinguisher.

He also turned the extinguisher on a suspect before helping to apprehend the man.

Mr McIlveen, who was working as a taxi driver on the day of the attack, helped to restrain one of the men and was temporarily blinded when CS gas was used to subdue the attackers. He recovered and later led Mr Kerr to safety.

The two policemen and five civilians were presented with their awards at an event in Edinburgh hosted by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

_50415068_004215545-2.jpgShe said: "The immense gratitude and admiration of everyone in Scotland goes to those whose courageous actions helped avert a major disaster on 30 June 2007.

"Those terrible events brought with them the shocking realisation that Scotland was not immune from the threat of international terrorism.

"The response to that threat was a remarkable expression of community solidarity by emergency service workers, staff from Glasgow Airport and members of the public.

"It is fitting that those who showed such courage and commitment to public safety should be honoured in this way.

"We must never forget how privileged we are to have such dedicated emergency professionals and volunteers on our side."

In 2008 baggage handler John Smeaton received a Gallantry Medal from the Queen at Buckingham Place for bravery.

Two men - Kafeel Ahmed and Bilal Abdulla - were arrested following the failed attack on the airport.

Ahmed later died from serious burns sustained in the attack. Abdulla was jailed for a minimum of 32 years for his role.

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