Honour for Westminster attack Pc Keith Palmer who paid ‘ultimate price’
Officer was stabbed to death when he confronted attacker Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament in March.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said Pc Keith Palmer “paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions” as the officer was posthumously honoured for his heroic response during the Westminster terror attack.
Pc Palmer, who was stabbed to death when he confronted attacker Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament in March, is to be awarded a George Medal for bravery in the Queen’s civilian gallantry list.
Ms Dick said: “Keith acted that day with no thought for his own safety, intent simply on doing his job and protecting members of the public and Parliament.
“He paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions. We continue to grieve the loss of a much-loved and respected colleague and friend while supporting his family through this truly difficult time.
“I know that I speak on behalf of all of my officers and staff when I say how immensely proud we all are that Pc Palmer is to receive posthumously the George Medal for bravery.
“It is an honour that could not be more deserved and I know it will mean a great deal to all those who knew and loved him.”
On the day of the attack on March 22, Pc Palmer, a husband and father, was on duty at the Palace of Westminster. The 48-year-old officer came face to face with Masood, who was armed with two large knives, moments after the terrorist, 52, drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
Intent on protecting his colleagues and the public, Pc Palmer confronted the attacker despite the danger he faced.
The policeman was fatally wounded during the attack, which came to a close when Masood was shot dead by armed officers.
Pc Palmer’s gallantry list citation says his actions provided time for other officers to react and stop the assailant.
It states: “Pc Palmer’s bravery and professionalism unquestionably saved lives. Pc Palmer did his duty. He stood his ground and placed himself between Parliament and a terrorist determined to harm those within.
“In doing so he made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Pc Palmer had served on the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Group since 2016 and had been with the Met for 16 years.
Four other victims were killed in the Westminster attack