Award of Queens Commendation for Bravery

Date: 13/03/2011

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, on behalf of HM the Queen, awarded Queen's Commendation to awards to three men involved in the attempt to bomb Glasgow airport on 30 June 2007.

On 14 December 2010 the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, on behalf of HM the Queen awarded Queen's Commendation for Bravery awards to three men involved in the attempt to bomb Glasgow airport on 30 June 2007.   The three awarded were: Mr Henry Lambie, Sgt Torquil Campbell (Retd), PC Stewart Ferguson. 

Henry Lambie

Henry Lambie was working at Glasgow Airport on the day of the terrorist attack. On hearing a loud bang, he headed towards the noise and saw a burning vehicle rammed against the main doors of the terminal building. He began to evacuate the area and helped tackle the fire, using a fire extinguisher to put out flames on one of the attackers who was on fire.

Sergeant Torquil Campbell (retired) and Police Constable Stewart Ferguson, Strathclyde Police

Sergeant Campbell was the police officer in charge at Glasgow Airport on the day of the attack. Before his shift began, he met an off-duty colleague, PC Ferguson, who had come to the airport to meet returning relatives. When they heard the noise of the impact of the jeep striking the terminal building, the two police officers sped to the scene, alerting other colleagues to the situation and clearing the public from the immediate area. Both officers then tackled the bombers and eventually succeeded in subduing and arresting them. They were helped to do this by other police officer colleagues and members of the public and airport staff.

Following the award the deputy First Minister; Nicola Sturgeon MSP; said:

"The immense gratitude and admiration of everyone in Scotland goes to those whose courageous actions helped avert a major disaster on June 30, 2007.

"Those terrible events brought with them the shocking realisation that Scotland was not immune from the threat of international terrorism. The response to that threat was a remarkable expression of community solidarity by emergency service workers, staff from Glasgow Airport and members of the public."