PC Keith Palmer will be honoured at the police memorial
PC Palmer, unarmed but wearing a protective vest, was guarding the Carriage Gates on Wednesday when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood.
Masood had stormed the grounds of Parliament after ploughing a grey Hyundai Tucson into dozens of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced last night that PC Palmer, 48, will be commemorated at the UK Police Memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, which provides “a lasting tribute to the sacrifices that all too many police officers have made”.
Ms Rudd added that the father-of-two had “touched the lives of millions of people in this country and around the world”.
She said: “[PC Palmer] gave his life, in the line of duty, in order to keep others safe.
“So much has been said and written in tribute to PC Palmer – a husband and father who went to work on Wednesday morning and will never go home.
“It is impossible to fully describe the debt of gratitude we owe to him. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to his family, his colleagues and his friends at this incredibly difficult time. I know there is a profound sense of loss, but his actions will never be forgotten.”
The police officer acted very bravely and he has the admiration of us all
Veteran Bob Filby
Ms Rudd also gave her best wishes to the two officers who remain in hospital after being injured in the attack as she praised the police and emergency services’ “remarkable” response to the atrocity.
PC Palmer’s sacrifice has reached the hearts of people across the nation.
A Just Giving account set up to help his family had raised £700,000 last night, almost tripling its original target of £250,000.
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A highly decorated old soldier has joined calls for murdered PC Keith Palmer to be given a posthumous medal in recognition of his bravery.
Bob Filby, 93, who was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery during heavy fighting in the Second World War, said PC Palmer should be posthumously given the George Cross, a gallantry medal.
Bob said: “The police officer acted very bravely and he has the admiration of us all.
“I fully support the calls for him to be honoured.”
Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley also paid tribute to PC Palmer, saying: “Keith, you put yourself in harm’s way to protect others in the best traditions of the police force.”
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Yesterday hundreds of people descended on Parliament to pay their respects to the officer as well as the three other victims of Masood.
Thousands of bouquets lined the streets where the horror unfolded, while many adorned the railings surrounding the Palace of Westminster.
Human rights lawyer Mohamed al Shekhili, 51, said: “I feel so sorry for this policeman who died without reason. He is a hero.
“These terrorists are not Christian, Muslim or Jewish – they kill without reason – and I feel ashamed of them.
“I came here as a refugee fleeing the war in Iraq and now our blood is united and we must stand together. This beautiful country and it’s beautiful people gave me everything.
The unarmed 48-year-old was guarding Westminster when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood
“I came here today to stand with the police and thank them. They protect our life, they stand here to give us security.”
Paul Monk, 55, from Wandsworth, south-west London, said: “We must not let these people win.
“Looking around, there is such a sense of unity. The atmosphere is very emotional, it’s very touching to see people come together in the face of something like this. To lose your life just doing your job, in the line of duty, is awful. I came to lay flowers and handed them to a policewoman and offered my condolences.”
Colin Pearce, 65, travelled from Slough, Berkshire with his wife to pay tribute.
He said: “You don’t realise how close you come to these things, you think because it’s Britain it’s safe but there is a sense of shame that this can happen here.
Memebrs of the public have called the officer to be given a posthumous medal of bravery
“There are people from all over the world here today paying tribute. It’s tragic to think that a policeman who stands between us and crime can lose his life. We care about life, and we are fighting people who don’t.”
Pat Burke, 77, had travelled to the capital with her husband Len, 81 and grandson Liam, 10.
She said: “As soon as we arrived the emotion hit me. I just felt like I needed to come.
“People lost their lives because of this person. I’m ashamed that someone who called themselves British could do this sort of thing. Being here really brings home the horror of what happened.
“But standing here there is also a sense of unity. It’s almost like people are making a point – you are not going to stop us.
“Something like this doesn’t change the way you live your life. Life has to go on. If it had changed anything we wouldn’t be here today.”