Paddington rail crash 1999: Prince of Wales presents commendations

"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.

PC Andy Darke receives his Commendation from Prince Charles

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 them.

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 overturned carriage.

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 treatment.

Awards also went to BTP staff involved in the response to and investigation of the collision, together with two Chaplains from the Railway Mission.

Ladbroke Grove memorial

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 considerations.'

Read the full list of commendations

BTP recognised at Pride of Britain awards 2000

PC Derek Worsfold, Melanie Kingley-Deeks, Tony Blair, Mike Currin and Colin AdeyPC 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 services.