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Terror attack heroes honoured

28.07.10

Seven people will be honoured for their role in helping to foil the Glasgow Airport terror attack in 2007. Sgt Torquil Campbell and P Stewart Ferguson, from Strathclyde Police, plus Stephen Clarkson, Michael Kerr, Henry Lambie, Michael McDonald and Alexander McIlveen are to receive the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

The attack saw a blazing Jeep filled with gas canisters driven into the terminal building on 30 June 2007. Sgt Campbell tackled suspects during the attack, along with Pc Ferguson, who was off duty and was at the airport to meet relatives. Pc Ferguson used a fire extinguisher to try to douse the flames and then used it on one of the bombers to stop him attacking colleagues.

Mr McDonald, who was working at one of the check-in desks, evacuated people before striking a suspect and helping to restrain him. Mr Clarkson punched one of the suspects to the ground before using his bodyweight to restrain him until he was handcuffed. Mr Kerr, who had just returned from holiday was punched in the face and also suffered a broken leg after helping police tackle a suspect. Mr Lambie, who was working at the airport, helped evacuate people before he tackled the fire with an extinguisher. He turned the extinguisher on a suspect before helping to apprehend the man.

Mr McIlveen, who was working as a taxi driver on the day of the attack, helped to restrain a suspect and was temporarily blinded when CS gas was used to subdue the attackers. He recovered and led Mr Kerr to safety.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the awards are in recognition of ‘the immense gratitude and admiration of the nation’ towards the men who helped avert such a major disaster.

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