Paddington rail crash 1999: Prince of Wales presents
"It is remarkable to see what people can rise to when these
terrible disasters occur," said HRH The Prince of Wales as he
presented commendations to 46 people and organisations
involved in the aftermath of the Paddington rail crash.
Commended for helping others to escape: Anthony Jasper
Among the people commended for their efforts in the
aftermath of the crash was Anthony Jasper, a passenger on
one of the trains, who wrapped clothing around damaged
overhead electrical cables draped over the train to isolate
Anthony then helped some 25 passengers to escape from the
train, before climbing on top of the carriage of
the other train. Here, he reached in through an open
window and physically lifted another 40 passengers out of the
Prince speaks of 'remarkable actions'
Also commended were passengers who helped in the rescue,
some of them having been seriously injured themselves; two
members of the public who rushed to the scene to help; Barlby
Road Primary School, which opened as a survivor reception centre;
and Sainsbury's supermarket, where over 100 people received
Awards also went to BTP staff involved in the response to and
investigation of the collision, together with two Chaplains from
the Railway Mission.
The Prince also made special mention of the families of the 31
people who died, many of whom were at the ceremony: "I can imagine
only too well the appalling grief of the families."
Speaking at the commendation ceremony at Kensington Town Hall on
Wednesday, 7 February 2001, His Royal Highness went on to
say: "I was touched and proud to be asked by the Chief Constable to
present these very special awards.
"How moved I was to read the descriptions of what they all did.
Without their remarkable actions, I dare say the results would have
been infinitely worse."
'Many heroic and valiant acts'
BTP's Chief Constable, David Williams, spoke of 'the many heroic
and valiant acts carried out by passengers and members of the
public, and outstanding work by police officers in the 5th October
1999, and on-going since that day.'
"We also remember the work of the Metropolitan Police Service,
London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade, with whom we
worked side by side."
Chief Constable Williams went on to highlight the actions
of those who 'fearlessly, tirelessly and self-lessly put the
desperate needs of others far and away above any personal
Read the full list of commendations
BTP recognised at Pride of Britain awards 2000
PC Derek Worsfold and Sergeant Duncan Manners had the
honour of representing the police service at The Mirror's annual
Pride of Britain Awards in April 2000. PC Worsfold had the
added honour of accepting the award from Tony Blair,
along with representatives from the other emergency