Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood is being hailed a hero after he was seen rushing to the aid of a police officer stabbed in the Westminster attack.
PC Keith Palmer lay on the ground as Ellwood gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He even tried to stop the blood gushing out from the officer’s wounds with his hands, but was unfortunately unable to save his life.
Eyewitnesses at the scene recall former soldier Ellwood kneeling over the police officer’s body and keeping his hands over his wounds, in desperate attempts to save him. Paramedics, doctors and police officers also did their best to treat the injuries on the spot but as the ambulance arrived, and Palmer was rushed to the hospital, he was pronounced dead.
Ellwood himself has seen terrorism up-close when his brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali bombings. He was also a captain in the Royal Green Jackets and has served in Kuwait.
“Our thanks and gratitude go to the police and emergency services who responded so bravely, and to those — including the MP Tobias Ellwood — who went to the aid of the injured and dying,” wrote Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter.
Others also praised the MP on social media.
Huge respect for my friend @Tobias_Ellwood MP who tried to save the stabbed policeman, and staunch blood from multiple stab wounds. In vain.— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 22, 2017
Faces on tomorrow's front pages should be PC Keith Palmer and Tobias Ellwood MP who showed us the best of humanity. Don't PR the terrorist.— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) March 22, 2017
I can't stop thinking about Tobias Ellwood. His brother was killed in a terrorist attack, yet he just ran in & tried to help.— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) March 22, 2017
Deep sorrow for victims of today's attack and families. Thank you to brave responders including police, emergency services, @Tobias_Ellwood.— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) March 22, 2017
“No words can capture how members of the policing family will feel after today’s horrific events. We have lived in the knowledge that an attack on U.K. soil has been highly likely for nearly three years. Everyone is firmly aware of this fact, but it makes it no less shocking when it becomes a reality,” said Steve White, the chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.
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