Earlier this week LET brought you the breaking news about the confirmed terrorist that attacked and stabbed innocent bystanders near the London Bridge. Since that day, we’ve learned more and more about the jihadist Usman Khan, and how he walked out of prison scot-free having served only half his prison term.
Finally, we are learning the most important details the ones about the heroes that helped to take down a terrorist. One in particular, Łukasz Koczocik, wasn’t even around the area the terrorist was unleashing hell in, but went running into the chaos to assist.
Koczocik is a 38-year-old kitchen porter was working at the Fishmongers Hall, the location where Cambridge University had been hosting what they called a “prison rehabilitation conference” last Friday.
At the time of the attack, Koczocik was washing dishes in the basement of the building when he heard screaming coming from the floor above. Now Koczocik is now being called a Polish hero.
According to the New York Post,
“Media reports initially indicated that Koczocik was the man seen in photos battling attacker Usman Khan with a narwhal tusk on the London Bridge, but that was in fact, another person.”
While he may not have been the man that attacked the terrorist with a narwhal tusk, a story which has now made headlines of its own across the globe, Koczocik’s role is equally important.
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Fishmongers’ Hall chief executive Toby Williamson told BBC this week,
“The scream was so loud that as a first aider, he makes a choice,” speaking of Koczocik “He goes toward the trouble. Łukasz gets there on the first floor of the building just behind me and it’s pretty clear that there’s a bad guy.”
Williamson went on to tell the BBC,
“Khan’s got two knives in his hands, there’s blood, there’s screams, there’s chaos. Łukasz pulls off the wall this long stick, he charges towards the bad guy and he impacts him on the chest, and there’s clearly something here that is protective, and it doesn’t make any sort of impact.”
The ‘something protective’ that Williamson is referring to was thought to be an explosive device vest, that the terrorist had strapped onto him. However, it was later found that it was only made to look as such, and contained no explosives.
Sources indicate that Koczocik engaged the terrorist over and over again with the stick like object, allowing others in the area to escape the fray.
“At that point he’s got about a one-minute, one-on-one straight combat,” Williamson explained more of what he witnessed.“[Khan] works his way up Lukasz’s pole slashing with his knife and [Łukasz] takes five wounds to his left side, and is going to lose some strength on that side.”
Soon after Koczocik engaged the terrorist, two other men ran to assist. Arming themselves with whatever they could find one grabbed a fire extinguisher and another the famed narwhal tusk from a display on a wall.
Williamson told the BBC that it was at the point,
“I think the terrorist decided he was outnumbered.”
Although Khan may have been outnumbered, he still attempted to get away from the heroes that were holding him at bay until the authorities could arrive.
“Khan tried to escape through the reception hall, and the wounded Łukasz led the charge to stop him.” Williamson told the reporters.
He added, “The doors opened, out the terrorist falls and the first one after him is Łukasz, shouting at everyone to get out of the way, get back.”
When Khan made it onto the street he was tackled to the ground by the group and additional bystanders on the London Bridge, at which point responding authorities shot and killed the terrorist.
Had Koczocik not been there to assist in stopping the attack many other innocent bystanders could have fallen victim to the known terrorist that day.
On Saturday Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki praised Koczocik on his Facebook account posting; “Bloody Poles are saving London again” – these words today dominate in London media reports about the brave attitude of Mr. Łukasz, a Pole who did not hesitate and rush to a terrorist, armed with … a narwhal tusk which just happened to be at hand.”
(Which we have now learned Koczocik was armed with some other type of pole.)
The Prime Minister also added ““Against terrorism, all weapons are allowed. Mr. Łukasz, your attitude deserves special thanks and respect.”
“Poland is proud of you!”
Koczocik being hailed a Polish Hero the New York Post reported that Poland’s justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, has requested that the country’s president, Andrzej Duda, award Koczocik its highest medal for “sacrifice and courage”.
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