Thursday, March 22, 2018

Quote of the day 22nd March 2018

The following tributes were paid at the time to PC Keith Palmer who was killed in the line of duty a year ago today in the Westminster Terror Attack:
Addressing MPs in the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Theresa May called Palmer a hero and paid tribute to his service. “He was every inch a hero, and his actions will never be forgotten,” said May.

She praised the police for stopping the attacker. “We should be clear first of all that an attacker attempted to break into parliament and was shot dead within 20 yards of the gate. If his intention was to gain access to this building, we should be clear that he did not succeed. The police heroically did their job.”

Officers who had worked alongside Palmer also spoke of his dedication to his job. PC James Aitkenhead, who worked with him in the Met’s territorial support group, said:
“Keith was a genuinely nice person, nobody had a bad word to say about him. When I heard what had happened I knew it would be him because that’s just the sort of guy he was, to step straight in when others might step back.”
Among those who paid tribute to Palmer was the Conservative MP James Cleverly, who had served alongside him in the army. Cleverly told the Commons that Palmer was a “strong, professional public servant” and said that it had been “a delight to meet him here again”.

He asked whether the prime minister would consider formally recognising Palmer’s gallantry and sacrifice with a posthumous recognition. Cleverly also wrote on Twitter:

“I’ve known Keith for 25 years. We served together in the Royal Artillery before he became a copper. A lovely man, a friend. I’m heartbroken. My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer. A brave man.”

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