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Bravery award for nurse murdered in London terror attack

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Kirsty Boden, the nurse who was murdered while giving assistance to the victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack, has been given a posthumous award for bravery by the Queen.

Ms Boden has today been announced as a recipient of the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery for her part in the terror attack on 3 June last year.

She was one of 15 people named as being set to receive either the George Medal, the Queen’s Gallantry Medal or the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Many of the other recipients were also victims of the London Bridge attack or involved in responding to it, including police officers and members of the public.

Ms Boden, 28, worked as a staff nurse in theatres recovery at the Guy’s Hospital, run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Originally from Australia, she died after trying to help others who had been injured in the attack at London Bridge.

Eight people were killed when a white van rammed pedestrians on the bridge, before three terrorists randomly stabbed people at nearby Borough Market.

Queen’s Commendation for Bravery citation: Kirsty Boden

On 3 June 2017, terrorists drove their van along London Bridge and into the Borough Market area. Kirsty Boden had been enjoying a night out when it became apparent that there had been a terrible incident on the bridge.

Commendation for Bravery

Commendation for Bravery

Commendation for Bravery

People ran into nearby shops, cafes and restaurants, Kirsty (a nurse by profession) acted without hesitation and went to assist those injured in the courtyard area below London Bridge. It is likely that she did not realise that a terrorist attack was taking place. As she tried to save the life of an injured person, the terrorists attacked her and she was fatally wounded.

It is without a doubt that Kirsty Boden displayed courage and compassion when, without concern for her own safety, she went to assist those who were injured. She could have taken cover to protect herself, as most people caught up in such a serious and life threatening situations would have done. However, being a nurse, she took her training to care for others to the highest level.

 

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