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Queen hails brave 7 July workers
British Transport Police Constable Deborah Russell-Fenwick
Pc Russell-Fenwick said receiving an honour was 'bittersweet'
The Queen has praised the "outstanding bravery" of workers as she honoured them for their efforts in the aftermath of the 7 July London suicide bombings.

Police officers and transport, health and other emergency workers collected honours, announced at the New Year, at a Buckingham Palace investiture.

Tube worker David Boyce, who gave first aid at the Russell Square blast, said the Queen had commented on his courage.

The attacks on three Tube trains and a bus by four bombers killed 52 people.

Mr Boyce, a Russell Square station supervisor who ran into the smoke-filled tunnel following the Piccadilly Line bombing, received an MBE.

It's a bit bittersweet being here today. I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for all those people who died
Deborah Russell-Fenwick
British Transport Police Constable

"The Queen said, 'Very well done on your efforts for what you did on the day'," he said.

"I didn't think about my own safety as I ran down the tunnel. I just thought, 'What am I going to find?'

"It was very dark and there was smoke everywhere. I couldn't see two feet in front of my face.

"On the train it was horrific. There were bodies lying all over the place and limbs missing."

He used his own clothes to create tourniquets that he tied on people's limbs, before going to get more first aid.

"I know that I've received this award but everyone at Russell Square was fantastic," said the 25-year-old, from Watford, Hertfordshire.


British Transport Police Constable Deborah Russell-Fenwick also collected an MBE for helping dying and injured people at the scene of the Tavistock Square bus bombing.

The Queen told her that what she had done was "outstanding" and "brave".

Tube driver John Boyle
I was scared another bomb would go off, so my priority was to get people out
Tube driver John Boyle
"I told her it was something out of your worst nightmare and she said it would take some time to recover from it."

The 44-year-old, from near Gravesend, Kent, recalled that before ambulances reached the scene she wrapped parcel tape around people's heads to keep them still against blocks of wood to prevent further injury.

She added: "To be honest, it's a bit bittersweet being here today. I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for all those people who died.

"If I could wave a magic wand not to be standing here, I would."

Off-duty helpers

The day was a celebration of the efforts of staff from London Underground, London hospitals, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police.

Many of those who helped on the day had been off-duty at the time.

Tube driver John Boyle, collecting an MBE, was at Aldgate station and went down to the tracks to help evacuate people from trains and lead them to safety.

"I didn't know it was a suicide bomber, but I knew it was a bomb," he earlier told the BBC.

"I was scared another would go off, so my priority was to get people out."

Tim Wade, Tube duty line manager on the East London Line, is receiving an MBE.

He evacuated passengers from the Russell Square train, then helped people in the carriage where the bomb went off in the "mayhem" of the first 20 minutes before paramedics arrived.

"I did the job I was supposed to be doing - at the time it was pure adrenaline," Mr Wade said.

He said colleagues who helped alongside him in the train carriage also deserved to be recognised.

Those honoured for their actions on 7 July include:

  • Peter Hendy, (CBE) Transport for London. The new commissioner for transport, Mr Hendy was surface transport managing director at the time of the attacks and was honoured for providing leadership to London's bus workers.

  • Tim O'Toole (honorary CBE), London Underground. As managing director of LU, the American led the Tube managers' response to the attacks.

  • Julie Dent (CBE), South West London Strategic Health Authority. She led the team that co-ordinated the NHS response.

  • Roy Bishop (OBE), London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

  • Martin Flaherty (OBE), London Ambulance Service.

  • Major Muriel McClenahan, (OBE) of the Salvation Army and London Resilience Team. Co-wrote the mass fatality plan put into action on 7 July and helped relatives visiting the temporary mortuary near Old Street, east London.

  • Dallas Ariotti (MBE), director of organisational transformation for Guy's and St Thomas's hospitals, who instigated the mass casualty plan and set up the command centre.

  • David Boyce (MBE), station supervisor at Russell Square. He ran into the smoke-filled tunnel after the Piccadilly Line bombing and spent five hours helping passengers.

  • John Boyle (MBE), Tube driver, London Underground. He was on his way to work when the bomb went off on the Circle Line train. He helped passengers along the track to safety.

  • Alan Dell, (MBE), network liaison manager, who led the response by London Buses.

  • Constable Deborah Russell-Fenwick (MBE), British Transport Police. She helped the injured and dying after the Tavistock Place bomb blast.

  • William Kilminster (MBE), paramedic London Ambulance Service. One of the first emergency service workers at Russell Square who helped people in the tunnel.

  • Peter Swan (MBE), paramedic, London Ambulance Service. He helped manage the ambulance response at Edgware Road.

  • Jim Underdown (MBE), paramedic, London Ambulance Service. He was among the first to arrive on the scene after the Tavistock Square bus bombing.

  • Roy Webb (MBE), London Ambulance Service. A contracts operations manager who co-ordinated support for ambulance crews on 7 July.

  • Alastair Wilson (OBE), Royal London Hospital. The consultant was in charge of Accident and Emergency at the hospital on the day of the attacks.

  • Julia Peterkin (MBE), Royal London Hospital. She was the sister in charge of intensive care at the hospital on the day of the attacks.

  • Angela Scarisbrick (MBE), Great Ormond Street Hospital. She worked with limited medical equipment to help injured commuters at Russell Square.

  • Peter Sanders (MBE), station manager at King's Cross Tube station. He helped rescue injured people in the Piccadilly Line train tunnel. He set up a relay system from the front carriage, through the train and along the track to help people to safety.

  • Insp Glen McMunn (MBE), British Transport Police. He led the first team of police and paramedics down the Piccadilly Line tunnel and helped passengers, including Gill Hicks, who lost both her legs below the knee in the explosion.

  • Insp Stephen Mingay (MBE), British Transport Police. He was the first police officer to reach the bombed train at Russell Square.

  • Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke (OBE), Metropolitan Police.

  • Commander Chris Allison (MBE), Metropolitan Police.

  • Det Supt John Prunty (Queen's Police Medal), Metropolitan Police

  • Det Supt Douglas McKenna (Queen's Police Medal), Metropolitan Police.

  • Timothy Wade (MBE), Line Manager, London Underground. He helped with the evacuation at Kings Cross and went down into the Piccadilly line tunnel to offer further help.

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