The prime minister used part of his Labour Party conference speech to praise the airport baggage handler who restrained a terror suspect.
John Smeaton accepted the applause of the Bournemouth crowd after Gordon Brown highlighted his heroic efforts.
The 31-year-old shot to fame after helping police tackle a man who drove a jeep into Glasgow's terminal building.
Mr Smeaton had already met Mr Brown at Downing Street and been praised by First Minister Alex Salmond.
Mention of Mr Smeaton came at the start of Mr Brown's first conference address as prime minister.
The prime minister said the resilience of the British people had been "powerful proof of the character of our country".
Mr Brown went on: "When the terrorists tried to attack Scotland's biggest airport, they were answered by the courage of the police and of the fire fighters and a baggage handler named John Smeaton.
"He came to the aid of a policeman under assault from one of the terrorists.
"Later John told me it was instinctive, he was just doing what was right.
"That man, that hero, John Smeaton, is here with us today and on behalf of our country we thank you."
Mr Smeaton, who was sitting next to Mr Brown's wife Sarah during the speech, then stood up to accept the applause of those gathered.
At the beginning of August Mr Smeaton travelled to London to meet Mr Brown at 10 Downing Street.
A week later he was among a group, including emergency service workers, who were thanked by Mr Salmond.
The first minister said the country was "in their debt" for their efforts on 30 June.