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Award for North East hero of Westminster terror attack

A boxing trainer from Gateshead, who tried to save a mortally wounded policeman after the Westminster terror attack, has been recognised for his bravery.

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Tony Davis ran towards the attacker to help stricken Police officer PC Keith Palmer as he lay dying outside the Houses of Parliament in March.

He was presented with a St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards in a ceremony on Thursday evening.

Tony Davis (centre) with his award. Credit: St John Ambulance

Tony Davis was the first to rush to the aid of PC Keith Palmer, the unarmed police officer who was fatally stabbed as he attempted to stop terrorist Khalid Masood outside the Palace of Westminster.

With Masood still on the rampage nearby, Mr Davis tried to help the fallen policeman.

Westminster, March 23rd 2017. Credit: PA

The terrorist was then shot and killed by another officer.

Former serviceman Tony Davis was joined by Tobias Ellwood MP, and the two men tried desperately to revive PC Palmer using CPR.

Sadly, the officer could not be revived and he died at the scene.

Tony Davis (highlighted) tries to save PC Palmer's life. Credit: PA
PC Keith Palmer. Credit: PA

At a ceremony in London Tony Davis and Tobias Ellwood received at Special Commendation at the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards - in recognition of their actions that day.

The ceremony heard::

"Davis, an ex-serviceman, and Ellwood showed true bravery and had the necessary skills and confidence to know what to do in that situation. Sadly, PC Palmer’s life could not be saved, but their attempt to save the police officer’s life deserves huge praise."

Tony Davis at the awards ceremony. Credit: St John Ambulance

Speaking after Thursday night's ceremony, Tony said:

"It makes me feel really proud and humbled. It's just a shame that it is in such tragic circumstances."