EV­ERY­DAY HERO

Tony Davis re­ceives an award from St. John Am­bu­lance for his ac­tion dur­ing West­min­ster at­tack, writes John Den­nen

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ST. John Am­bu­lance hon­oured Tony Davis with their ‘Ev­ery­day Hero’ award at a cer­e­mony at the Hil­ton Lon­don Bank­side last week. Tony rushed to tend PC Keith Palmer after he was fa­tally wounded in the at­tack on West­min­ster in March.

“I didn’t re­alise I was go­ing to get an award. I thought I was just there as a guest. After what hap­pened at West­min­ster ap­par­ently a lot of peo­ple took up first aid af­ter­wards,” he said. “I’m proud… It was a pleas­ant sur­prise, I was chuffed, re­ally sur­prised.

“A cou­ple of weeks after the at­tack they got in touch with me and said can we use you, would you be will­ing to work with us so we can try to get oth­ers in­volved in tak­ing up first aid? So I said of course.”

Davis, one of the GB Box­ing coaches, was with the Bri­tish Lion­hearts team at a pub­lic­ity event for the Lion­hearts in the Com­mu­nity at the Houses of Par­lia­ment. After the event he and Lee Pullen fol­lowed a pass­ing cake tray. “We saw a tray of cakes. I said Lee there’s a cake there and some­one came out speak­ing to us, so we got held up a lit­tle bit. If we hadn’t had that cake we would have prob­a­bly been out,” Davis said. “I’d heard a bit of a com­mo­tion out­side the perime­ter, out­side the fence. Now I know it’s when he crashed the car. I didn’t at the time. The noise sort of trav­elled… I looked through those gates and peo­ple were run­ning and I’m think­ing it was an ac­tivists’ march or some­thing like that. So I got my phone out and moments later, [the at­tacker, Khalid] Ma­sood came through the gates and I’ve seen the shin­ing of a blade. He started at­tack­ing the po­lice­man. At that point they’d just asked peo­ple to move be­cause lots of peo­ple were where I was, mak­ing their way to and from the Grand Hall, so I’ve got a bit of space and jumped over the fence. As I’ve done that I’ve landed on both feet, I’ve got my rain jacket, I must have sub­con­sciously put my phone away but it was still record­ing so you can hear ev­ery­thing on it. The po­lice were shout­ing, ‘Run, run, they’ve got knives.’ I thought, ‘S**t.’ I was on the other side in the court­yard, he was still ad­vanc­ing and a marks­man run up the side of me, I thought he was a marks­man I now know he was a body­guard and he put three bul­lets into the at­tacker. I knew then he was out of the equa­tion. So I quickly ran over, got down on my knee to Keith and started giv­ing him first aid.”

Davis was pre­vi­ously in the Army. “My Army train­ing did play a part, it’s what you do to try and save a life,” he said. “It’s just what you do, you try and help one an­other.”

“I used my GB rain jacket to stem the blood flow,” he con­tin­ued. “I’m shout­ing out the wounds that he had, checked his air­way, checked his pulse and I used my rain jacket. I stemmed the blood ini­tially with my hand be­cause he had a mas­sive head wound and then an arm wound and then prob­a­bly the most fa­tal one was un­der­neath his stab vest.” MP Tobias Ell­wood also tried to save the po­lice of­fi­cer’s life but Keith Palmer sadly passed away.

“As far as I’m con­cerned I’m not go­ing to let it af­fect me. It’s not about me, it’s about the fam­i­lies. I never knew Keith be­fore­hand but he felt like a friend af­ter­wards,” Tony re­flected. “Since then I’ve been to his fu­neral… I think the fu­neral boxed it off for me.”

Davis also added of the box­ing team that wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, “They’re young box­ers and they went and boxed the next day, and the Ital­ians, you’ve got to take your hat off to them.”

‘THE YOUNG BOX­ERS, YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE YOUR HAT OFF TO THEM’

Photo: WSB

ON THE PADS: Davis works with a World Se­ries boxer

HON­OURED: Davis with his Ev­ery­day Hero award

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