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Westminster terror attack hero PC Keith Palmer in line for a Pride of Britain award

PUBLISHED: 10:05 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 24 October 2017

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Met Police’s deputy commissioner has paid tribute to the former Bromley cop

A former Bromley police officer who was killed by Dartford-born terrorist Khalid Masood outside Westminster will be honoured with a posthumous award next week.

PC Keith Palmer, 48, was fatally stabbed by Masood moments after the former Tunbridge Wells student had ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22.

Earlier this year PC Palmer, a husband and father to a five-year-old daughter, was honoured with a posthumous George’s Medal for trying to stop the attacker.

Next week PC Palmer’s sacrifice will be remembered when his family are handed the Pride of Britain Outstanding Bravery award, along with Bexley officer Charlie Guenigault, who ran at terrorists to protect the public during the London Bridge attack in June.

Deputy commissioner at Met Police, Craig Mackey, said: “All those so deeply affected by the horrific attacks suffered by our great city this year remain in our thoughts. The lives that were taken and those who were injured.

“PC Keith Palmer came to work that day in March and had every right to think that he would return home at the end of his shift. Tragically that did not happen. Keith’s loss will be forever felt by his family, friends and his wider police family - the Met. He was a fantastic, committed and passionate police officer.

“Helping, supporting, running to the aid of the public or an injured colleague, putting others before ourselves, showing courage and compassion. These we humbly call our values. Values that the men and women of the Met show every day.

“Today we celebrate Keith and Charlie. I am proud to work in an organisation that can call these men colleagues. They are everyday heroes. I am proud to see them recognised for these qualities by the Pride of Britain Awards.”

The awards ceremony takes place on October 30.

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