Unsung heroes are honoured for bravery at gala ceremony
Three rescue workers from Devon and the Cornish woman who intervened in the aftermath of the brutal killing of fusilier Lee Rigby have won bravery awards.
They were among those honoured at a glittering ceremony last night to celebrate the country's unsung heroes.
Paul Eastment, 46, Chris Missen, 25 and Martin Blaker-Rowe, 33, were recognised at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards for rescuing a woman passenger swept from a car in surging flood water in Umberleigh last year.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, from Cornwall, also won praise for her actions in Woolwich.
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The trio were recognised for their daring rescue of 46-year-old Vanessa Glover, when she had to hold onto a branch for an hour after being washed away by the powerful flood waters.
Flood rescue team member Chris Missen said of the honour: "I wasn't expecting it to be honest… I'm just shell shocked really. Words can't describe, it's really awesome. To be recognised like this is just unbelievable.
"When you meet someone like Mrs Glover and you're able to say 'I saved her life', that's what it's all about."
The team have already been thanked personally in a special message from the woman whose life they saved.
In a video message, Mrs Glover said: "Very, very many congratulations, I'm so proud of you, you are Britain's finest and best. You are the role models we should be upholding to society."
The three RNLI rescue team workers won the Daybreak Emergency Services Award.
They were honoured alongside 50-year-old Karin Williams, a lollipop lady who suffered serious injuries after diving into the path of an out-of-control car to save the lives of children outside Rhoose Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Mrs Williams, who will be recognised for her outstanding bravery, endured eight hours of surgery after being left with two broken kneecaps, a broken elbow, a broken shoulder and a badly swollen face.
The 15th year of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards was marked by a gala ceremony in central London hosted by broadcaster and presenter Carol Vorderman.
The event has been backed by more than 100 stars and public figures including David Beckham, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, and global sports star Usain Bolt, the six times Olympic sprint champion and fastest man in the world.
Beckham was shown presenting the teenager of courage award to Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education.
He told her: "You're an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world. I'm so privileged and honoured to present this award to you."
Other unsung heroes to receive awards at the event included the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in recognition of their long fight for justice.
The award was collected by Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Families Support Group.
Other unsung heroes to be recognised included eight-year-old Harley Lane, from Stockport, Cheshire, whose legs and arms were amputated to save his life after he suffered meningitis as a toddler. The schoolboy raised more than a £1,000 earlier this year in a sponsored run earlier this year using new prosthetic limbs.
Clifford Harding, 36, from Birmingham, who volunteers as a youth worker with vulnerable children, wins the Prince's Trust young achiever award.
As well as Mx Loyau-Kennett, from Cornwall, Amanda Donnelly, 44, and her daughter Gemini Donnelly-Martin, 20, will also receive a bravery award for their actions in the aftermath of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south east London, earlier this year.