"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 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.
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.'
The following people received Chief Constable's Commendations for their efforts following the 1999 Paddington rail crash.
Assisted others to escape:
Mark Bestwick Sean Cornes Scott Dicker Mark Fisher Gerald Gough Richard Handover Anthony Jasper
Performed acts of rescue:
Martin Brennan Martin Comberbach Rudie Coppieters Christopher Goodall Wayne Levy Atif Radwan Philip Scotcher
Assisted, aided and supported fellow passengers:
Andrew Cowgill Bruce Creed Anthony Knox Mark Legg Richard Nelson Lee Tyack
Response by members of the public:
Edward Brown Maria Gouveia
Response by organisations:
Sainsbury's supermarket, Ladbroke Grove Barlby Road Primary School
Initial police response:
Inspector Willie Baker Constable Philip Hammond Former Acting Superintendent Brian Coleman Inspector Theresa Ferguson
Police search teams:
Sergeant Rae Jiggins Sergeant Duncan Manners Constable Derek Worsfold Constable Andrew Darke Constable Christopher Price
Post incident personnel:
Chief Inspector Bob Pacey Sergeant Dave Humphryes The Reverend Miles Mitson The Reverend Keith Griffiths Sue Maxfield, Force Welfare Officer Chief Inspector Alan Clark
Detective Superintendent Nick Bracken Detective Superintendent Alan Pacey Constable Robert Staveley-Brown Detective Inspector Chris Connell Detective Chief Inspector Mark Smith Former Detective Sergeant Ken Buckley Force HQ Scenes of Crime Department Superintendent Tony Thompson