‘We have lost one of our own as he acted to protect the public’
TRIBUTES have been paid to Met Police officer PC Keith Palmer – who died on duty in London protecting Parliament from a terrorist attack.
PC Keith Palmer – a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command – was 48 years old, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and a father.
“He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift and he had every right to expect that would happen,” said Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and the Acting Deputy Commissioner.
“As a service, we have lost one of our own as he acted to protect the public and his colleagues.”
PC Palmer was unarmed as he ran towards danger and sadly made the ultimate sacrifice.
Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh said: “We offer our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer. Our thoughts are also with all those killed and injured in the incident in Westminster.
“This incident sadly shows the dangers our colleagues face on a daily basis. They show incredible bravery protecting the public. PC Palmer ran towards extreme danger to protect us all.
“The Metropolitan Police Federation will be supporting the officer’s colleagues in any way we can.”
Care of Police Survivors would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer of the Metropolitan Police Service, and all those killed and injured in yesterday’s attack at Westminster.