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Join us in our campaign for equal recognition for all the civilian heroes of the Glasgow Airport terror attack.
On Saturday 30th June 2007 a burning jeep crashed into the terminal building at Glasgow Airport.Â Several members of the public intervened to subdue and apprehend the two would-be suicide bombers.Â Their brave and gallant actions saved the lives of hundreds of holidaymakers and airport workers.
One of those men, John Smeaton, gave an unforgettable interview at the airport within hours of the attack.Â His down-to-earth rendition of the events struck a cord with shocked viewers all over the world and won over millions of fans.Â In the past six months he has received a great deal of publicity and is soon to be awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal.
It is very important that such brave actions are recognised accordingly.Â Members of the public who act selflessly to protect others and intervene in extremely dangerous circumstances deserve commendations.
Unfortunately, the other civilians who stepped in to thwart the attack have been omitted from the Queens Gallantry List.Â They are Alex McIlveen, Michael Kerr and Stephen Clarkson.Â Their actions were by no means inferior to those of John Smeaton.Â They all played their part in preventing the terrorists from carrying out their atrocities, and they should all be recognised for their brave and gallant actions.
Please be aware that Michael, Alex, Stephen and their families are, by no means, against John Smeaton receiving the Queenâ€™s Gallantry Medal.Â On the contrary, we very much commend the decision to honour our friend.Â Our grievance is in the Governmentâ€™s whole handling of the affair.Â It was a huge oversight to omit these three men, who have been recognised by newspaper and television awards.Â
Furthermore, John Smeaton himself has questioned the logic behind awarding only him with the medal in several different interviews since being notified of the award.
Please join our campaign for equal recognition of all the airport heroes and call for medals for all.
We have now stepped up our campaign by creating an official online petition to the Prime Minister via Number 10 Petitions.Â The link to this petition is:
The petition reads:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to award
civilians, Alex McIlveen, Michael Kerr and Stephen Clarkson,
the Queens Gallantry Medal for Bravery for their role in
helping to thwart the terror attack on Glasgow Airport.
We wish to register our support for EQUAL RECOGNTION for ALL
the civilian heroes of the Glasgow Airport Terror Attack in
June 2007. They all played their part in preventing the
terrorists from carrying out their atrocities, and they should
all be awarded for their brave and gallant actions.
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