A VICTIM of the London Bridge terror attack who was knifed down by jihad maniacs has backed The Sun on Sunday's campaign for hero police officers who tackled the London Bridge terrorists to be awarded the George Cross.
PCs Wayne Marques, 38, and Charlie Guenigault, 25, put their lives on the line in an attempt to stop the three extremists’ murderous rampage.
Now Brett Freeman, 32, who was repeatedly stabbed by the terrorists has backed the campaign.
Dad Brett said: "The Sun on Sunday campaign is brilliant.
"Those police officers risked their lives to save mine.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving of a George Cross."
Brett believes he would never have lived to meet baby daughter Tilly if it hadn't been for the two coppers quick-thinking and selfless actions.
"He added: "Every time I look into little Tilly's eyes I am reminded how lucky I am to be alive.
"Those men are heroes and it's important we recognise what they did and give them the medals they deserve."
Machine operator Brett was drinking outside with some friends in Borough Market, when the terrorists stabbed him three times in the back, one puncturing his lung.
"I fell and waited for them to finish me off but for some reason they stopped."
That reason was off duty Met officer Charlie. He saved many lives by tackling the terrorists with his bare hands. He was stabbed in the head, back, leg and stomach.
Weeks later, when Brett returned to Kings College Hospital with a lung infection, he met the man who had saved his life.
He said: “I heard Charlie was still recovering so I went over. I tried to thank him. He said, ‘There was no way I was going to stand by and do nothing’. The man’s an absolute hero.”
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The George Cross, second only to the Victoria Cross, is given “for acts of the greatest heroism or for most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger”.
Fellow survivor Kimberley Shearer, 28, from London, agrees. She said: “Many more would have died but for these men.
"The Sun on Sunday campaign is brilliant.
"I hope all your readers really get behind it.
More than 1,000 of you have already signed our petition — and this week three more people who were there came forward with their support.
Crossrail labourer Gerard Vowls, 43, from South London, threw glasses at the killers after they stabbed a victim.
He said: “Those officers were very brave. They are like war heroes.”
Mum-of-two Natasha Phillips, 42, is still traumatised by what she saw. The office manager, from Greenhithe, Kent, said: “This is a fantastic campaign. They deserve huge thanks.”
Lift engineer Bill Mole, 29, from Romford, East London, was celebrating his birthday that night. He said: “Those police officers ran towards danger when everyone else was running away.”
"These men risked everything to save people like me.”
British Transport Police officer Wayne was armed only with a baton when he saw terrorists Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane in fake suicide vests attacking revellers on Borough High Street close to the Thames.
Rather than waiting for the armed response, Wayne charged at the men – not stopping even when the terrorists rained down knife blows to his head, one temporarily blinding him.
The George Cross was created by King George VI in 1940 to reward acts of bravery during World War Two.
It is the highest honour a non-military person can receive.
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