This is the hero kitchen porter who chased down the London Bridge attacker with a “seven foot-long gladiatorial pike”.
Lukasz Koczocik who works at Fishmongers’ Hall the place Usman Khan’s rampage started, grabbed the pike displayed on a wall when he heard “loud screaming” coming from upstairs.
The Polish nationwide then joined the group of males who have been filmed chasing the assailant alongside London Bridge, one additionally brandishing a fireplace extinguisher.
Extraordinary new particulars emerged this week of how employees at Fishmongers’ Hall fought Khan off in “straight combat”, permitting scores of different potential victims to flee.
Toby Williamson, chief government of the convention venue mentioned the “selfless” acts by plenty of staff and other people attending a convention on Friday helped save lives.
Mr William mentioned that Lukasz, a educated first aider, was cleansing glasses within the basement when he heard “loud screaming” and ran to the primary flooring the place he noticed Khan with two knives.
The Polish nationwide grabbed a “seven foot-long gladiatorial pike from the wall” earlier than charging at Khan, putting him within the chest, the place it bounced off his pretend suicide vest.
In the following struggle, Lukasz suffered 5 stab wounds to his left arm.
Mr Williamson mentioned: “He makes a alternative and goes in the direction of the difficulty.
“There’s blood, there’s screaming, there’s chaos. Lukasz pulls off the wall this lengthy stick. He costs in the direction of the unhealthy guy and impacts him on the chest.
“There is clearly one thing right here that’s protecting and it doesn’t make any kind of influence.
“But he is shopping for time; he permits others to flee, to maneuver to adjoining rooms, and he has bought a few one-minute, one-on-one straight fight.
“This guy, Khan, works his approach up Lukasz’s pole, slashing with this knife, and (Lukasz) takes 5 wounds to his left aspect… But he has performed what he wanted to do.”
He mentioned two different males, a part of the Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation organisation staging the occasion on the corridor, then “join the fight”.
Mr Williamson additionally mentioned Fishmonger Hall upkeep employee Andy — an ex-Ministry of Defence policeman — and receptionists Gareth and Dawn, have been instrumental in stopping extra casualties.
He informed BBC Breakfast: “One has got a fire extinguisher now, and one has got a narwhal tusk ripped off the wall … It is pretty gruesome. The terrorist decided he was outnumbered. He runs for it.”
Ex-offender Marc Conway, a coverage officer on the Prison Reform Trust, was on the convention and reportedly tried to tackle Khan. After sprinting down the principle staircase, the “next bit of hell” was at reception, Mr Williamson mentioned.
“He [Khan] can’t get out the front door. Our guy, called Gareth, is pushing the door shut as good as he can, so that Dawn, a yard behind can get on the telephones, hit the alarms.”
He mentioned Khan then moved to the cloakroom, the place two girls, Anna and Sandra, have “a hell of a time”, earlier than all of it involves “a great showdown” within the entrance corridor, with Lukasz “leading the charge” with “pretty cool customer” Andy.
The door is then opened and Khan runs off alongside London Bridge.
“The first one after him is Lukasz, shouting at everyone to get out of the way and get back. But members of the public just don’t do that nowadays — they do what they needed to do. They join in. The man with the fire extinguisher, the man with the narwhal tusk, they are all in there; Lukasz is losing strength on his left side, but I tell you what — his job is done. The police are there.”
An off-duty British Transport Police officer helped wrestle a knife away from Khan, and one other kitchen porter named Mohammed, believed to have been on his lunch break, additionally helped restrain the killer.
Convicted assassin James Ford, who had been attending the occasion at Fishmongers’ Hall, additionally reportedly helped tackle Khan earlier than the terrorist was shot lifeless by police.
Mr Williamson mentioned that Lukasz, who’s in his early thirties, might be celebrating his birthday at dwelling tomorrow with his companion after being discharged from hospital.
He can be set to obtain a medal from the Polish authorities.
Mr Williamson mentioned the porter informed him “he wants to be the first one back into work”. He informed the Standard: “He is stoic. He is a great colleague, and a great friend.”
He added: “Andy and Lukasz are just two of the most humble people you would know, and yet in the heat of the moment they do extraordinary things.”
Lukasz’s bravery has been likened to that of Romanian baker Florin Morariu, who tackled terrorists with a crate in Borough Market in 2017.
Khan was on the corridor to attend the convention organised by the Cambridge University-associated Learning Together programme.
A Cambridge University spokesman mentioned “a number of people” who have been on the occasion “tackled Khan in the first instance and helped bundle him out of the building”.