Queen honours Birstall hero Bernard

Queen honours Birstall hero Bernard

THE WIDOW of Birstall hero Bernard Kenny has received the George Medal from the Queen on his behalf.

Doreen Kenny was presented with the medal by Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Her late husband was stabbed after he intervened when Thomas Mair murdered Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox on June 16 last year.

Mr Kenny was lucky not to lose his own life after he was stabbed in the stomach with a 10-inch blade when he jumped onto Mair’s back to try to stop the attack.

The weapon pierced his liver and only narrowly missed his heart.

Following Mrs Cox’s death, over 80,000 people signed an online petition calling for Mr Kenny – who shared a birthday with Mrs Cox – to be awarded the George Cross for his bravery.

The 79-year-old died of cancer in August, just two months after he was honoured for his actions.

The George Cross is the highest gallantry award for civilians and recognises bravery in both peacetime and war.

In 1973 Mr Kenny also helped rescue miners from Lofthouse Colliery following a catastrophic flood.

Thomas Mair was handed a whole life sentence for the murder of Jo Cox and was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Kenny and possession of a gun and dagger.

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