77th Brigade Officer Tried to Save London Terror Attack Hero
British Army Reservist First on Scene to Help PC Keith Palmer
An officer in the British Army’s 77th Brigade rushed to the aid of PC Keith Palmer following the Islamic terrorist attack on Parliament last week.
Foreign Office minister, Tobias Ellwood, MP, gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and open heart massage to the wounded policeman, but was unable to prevent him dying of knife wounds received from Islamic terrorist Khalid Masood.
Masood Identified by MI5 as Possible Islamic Extremist
52-year-old Khalid Masood had been identified by MI5 as a possible extremist in 2010 after returning from Saudi Arabia. He was connected with Anjam Choudary’s banned Islamic group al-Muhajiroun.
Keith Palmer was fatally wounded as he tried to prevent Masood from entering the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Masood was then shot dead by Palmer’s fellow officers. Before joining the police, Palmer had served in the Royal Artillery.
Bosnian Veteran and 77th Brigade Reservist
As a captain in the Royal Green Jackets, Ellwood had served in Bosnia, and continues to serve his country as a reservist in the 77th Brigade. Formed in 2015, the 77th Brigade is a combined Regular and Reserve Army unit based in Hermitage, Berkshire, specialising in security assistance and stabilisation through non-lethal and non-military means.
Tragically, Ellwood’s brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali bombings carried out by Islamic terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
Ellwood was praised by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and honoured with an appointment to the Queen’s Privy Council. There have been calls for him to be awarded a knighthood in recognition of his bravery.
Ellwood Heartbroken by Death of Policeman
In a statement on his website, Ellwood said:
I am heartbroken that I could not do more for PC Keith Palmer who gave his life in holding the line against terrorism and defending democracy. I shall be writing to the family of PC Palmer to offer my sincere condolences. My thoughts remain with his family and friends and with the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured in such a despicable act of terror. I am deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the messages of support. I played only a small part that day, doing what I was taught to do, and am honoured to have been invited to join the Privy Council afterwards. It is right that we concentrate our thoughts on the victims as we stand side by side to protect all that we hold dear, including our precious values and way of life which will always prevail.
Photo: British Army, 77th Brigade, Tobias Ellwood, MP, in 2014.