Bernard Carter-Kenny, 77, is the man who tried to save Jo Cox on Thursday, when she was shot and stabbed in Birstall. He is a retired mine rescuer and currently in hospital receiving treatment.
According to The Guardian Carter-Kenny is in a stable but serious condition in the hospital. He was stabbed in the stomach, while trying to rescue his MP. Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was shot and stabbed allegedly by Thomas Mair.
The 77-year-old is no stranger to rescuing people. In 1977, he was part of the team that tried to save those trapped in the Lofthouse colliery mine disaster. All seven unfortunately died due to the flooding where they were operating. Carter-Kenny had previously said that it was sad the search and rescue for the seven men was called off, as it was his job to get them out alive.
Since he is the key witness in the investigation into Cox’s murder, his family are understandably worried for his safety. While he remains in Leeds General Infirmary, he will have round-the-clock police protection. He currently remains in the high dependency unit, which is just one step down from the critical care unit. His family members are also with him at all times, worried about his injuries and his safety.
The Daily Mail reports that the blade pierced the pension’s liver, but his heart was missed. Local dance teacher Colin Frith used his first aid skills to help Carter-Kenny, without knowing what had happened around him. Despite bleeding seriously, the mine rescuer blew a kiss to his wife, who he was shopping with, to let her know that he was alright.
The accused shooter Mair attended Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier today, refusing to give his real name, date of birth or address. He also refused to enter a plea, and will attend the Old Bailey again for his bail hearing. While Mair remains in custody, Carter-Kenny’s family is still worried that something will happen to him to help Mair get out of jail.
People have taken to social media to hail the pensioner as a hero. The British Twitter uses want to get Bernard Carter-Kenny tweeting rather than the man who killed Cox.
Featured image from tweet included above.
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