20-year-old man who died after leaping into the River Thames to save lots of a lady “deserves” to be recognised for his actions, his fellow rescuer has mentioned.
Joaquin Garcia advised the BBC that he backed the campaign, saying: “I feel he deserves that. I feel it will be actually good for the household as effectively.”
Mr Olubunmi-Adewole was on his means residence from work at a central London restaurant when he and Mr Garcia entered the water at round midnight on Saturday, April 24.
The coastguard and the Metropolitan Police marine unit rescued the girl and Mr Garcia, however couldn’t find Mr Olubunmi-Adewole. His physique was discovered six hours later.
Flowers, candles and the phrase “hero” have been left close to the scene of the incident at London Bridge.
A web-based petition to put in a memorial plaque for Mr Olubunmi-Adewole has reached virtually 150,000 signatures.
The Metropolis of London Police can be trying to award him with a commendation from Commissioner Ian Dyson.
Mr Garcia mentioned he had known as his dad and mom in Spain following the incident.
“[My father] began to say thanks, you’re superb… for being like you’re,” he mentioned, however added “do not do it once more”.
Mr Olubunmi-Adewole’s household have described him as a “loving son” and “finest pal” who’s “irreplaceable”.
In statements via the Met, his father Michael Adewola mentioned: “Jimi is a loving son and my finest pal. He has a very good coronary heart and all the time prepared to assist everybody round him. I will ceaselessly miss him.”
His mom Olasunkanmi Adewole mentioned: “My son Jimi is my power, he takes care of me and everybody. I am empty with out Jimi. I pray to have peace in my life.”
His brother described him as “irreplaceable” and “probably the most beneficiant person”.
Further reporting by PA.