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Honours for PC Keith Palmer and hero pensioner who tried to save MP Jo Cox

The police officer who was killed during the Westminster Terror Attack and a hero pensioner who tried to save and protect the life of murdered MP Jo Cox have received recognition in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

PC Keith Palmer has been posthumously been awarded a George Medal which recognises actions that “saved lives” in the terror attack which took place a few months ago.

PC Palmer was stabbed as he guarded the Houses of Parliament after a terrorist ran over pedestrians on Westminster bridge.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “He paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions.

“It is an honour that could not be more deserved and I know it will mean a great deal to all those who knew and loved him.”

78-year-old Bernard Kenny has also received the George Medal for his actions exactly a year ago today.

On 16th June 2016, MP Jo Cox was assassinated in the street as she attended her constituency surgery.

Mr Kenny tried to stop her killer from harming the MP, and in the process got stabbed himself.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours, which is one of the two annual honours lists released (the other at New Year’s) in which individuals who have made a contribution to public life, in one way or another, are honoured for their service.

Honours can range from knighthoods to the recently-reintroduced British Empire Medal, given for contributions on a more local level such as for services to charity or fundraising.

Famous faces to be recognised in the list include Billy Connolly, Julie Walters and June Whitfield.

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