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Firemen among civilians honoured
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Two firefighters who died battling to save a woman trapped in a burning building are to be posthumously awarded the George Medal.

Michael Miller and Jeffrey Wornham died in the rescue attempt at a block of flats in Stevenage, Herts, in 2005.

The medal is ranked below the George Cross and is awarded for great bravery.

Nine other civilians honoured include a man who challenged a terror suspect during the attempted London bombings on 21 July 2005.

Angus Campbell, an off-duty firefighter, was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his actions during the failed attack.

He had been on his way to work when Ramzi Mohammed attempted to detonate a rucksack bomb on a Northern Line train.

The train had been travelling between stations when Mr Campbell organised an evacuation of passengers into adjoining carriages, before pulling the emergency cord and informing the driver of the developments on the train.

He also remained in the carriage, where he engaged the terrorist in conversation.

Loyalist Michael Stone appeared in court in Belfast
Security guards who trapped Michael Stone are to be honoured

Security guards who trapped loyalist Michael Stone when he allegedly stormed the Northern Ireland Assembly are also among those to be honoured.

Peter Lachanudis and Susan Porter are to receive the Queen's commendation after they held the former Ulster Defence Association gunman in revolving entry doors at Stormont a year ago.

The 51-year-old was allegedly found in possession of three knives, a garrotte and an axe and an imitation gun.

Stone, who was wrestled to the ground by the security guards, faces 14 charges, including the attempted murder of Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

He has also been accused of explosives offences.

The accolade being given to the guards is a UK-wide award granted for bravery entailing risk to life and meriting national recognition.

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