A policewoman who was caught up in the 7/7 London bombings has retired from duty.
PC Liz Kenworthy decided to hand in her uniform and warrant card 11 years after a Circle line train she was riding exploded at Algate station, east London, during the terrorist attacks that killed 52 and injured 700.
Following the blast, Liz sprang into action upon hearing screams in the next carriage and used basic first aid to help the wounded while holding their hands and offering reassurance.
Two of the victims she helped survived the attack and Martine Wright (now Wiltshire) went on to compete in the 2012 Paralympic volleyball team .
Liz said: “As a survivor of 7/7 I’m prouder than I can say of the efforts of everyone involved on that terrible day and over the 11 years since.
“I’ve served with the Met since 1987, almost all of my policing career and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my service, despite the difficulties and the challenges, it has never been dull.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to have great colleagues and some amazing experiences. London is an endlessly fascinating place to work and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.”
At an inquest held five years after the incident for one of the 7/7 dead, at which Liz gave evidence, the coroner Lady Justice Hallett praised the officer’s actions.
She said: “I know you’ve been trained, but you were off duty and off guard and you yourself were a victim. To respond in the way that you did takes a very exceptional person.”
Liz was also honoured with an MBE in 2008 and a Commissioner’s High Commendation for her bravery.
She now plans to take a break over the summer and then look for a new job.
“It’ll be something totally different but interesting,” said Liz, “and not involving 5am starts.
“I’d just like to thank everyone who I’ve worked with for treating me kindly, humouring my eccentricity and making me laugh often.”
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