As a terrorist mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, and crashed into the grounds of the Houses of Parliament, one man chose to head towards danger, rather than run away.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood didn’t think twice as he rushed to the aid of a police officer who had been stabbed by the attacker after his car crashed through Parliament gates.
Ellwood – whose brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali bombings terror attack – performed mouth-to-mouth on the police officer while the attacker was just 10 metres away.
The officer later died from his injuries. The attacker was also shot dead by police. Another three people were killed and 40 others injured.
Pictures of Ellwood with his clothing and skin covered in the man’s blood have been splashed across news outlets around the world, with many praising his actions and selfless actions of putting another person’s life above his own as ‘heroic’.
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“MP Tobias Elwood ‘headed towards’ that carnage and the dying policeman. What a true hero,” one woman wrote on Twitter.
“We forget that politicians are simply people,” said another.
Speaking to The Sun, Ellwood – a former British Army officer – described the police officer’s death as a “huge tragedy”.
“I was the last one on the scene before he died,” he said.
"It is now murder, I was on the scene and as soon as I realised what was going on I headed towards it."
He described how he tried to stem the flow of blood and gave the man mouth-to-mouth while he waited for medics to arrive.
"I think he had lost too much blood," he said.
"He had multiple wounds, under the arm and in the back. It’s very sad."
In a time of tragedy, Ellwood has reminded the world that terrorism is no match for the selfless spirit of others.